Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 26) – – President Rodrigo Duterte named Warren Rex Liong, his former lawyer and procurement director for the Department of Budget and Administration, as the new deputy ombudsman, the palace confirmed on Thursday.
“The challenges may be enormous, but we hope that Mr. Liong will be up to the task of fulfilling his mandate,” President spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.
Liong served as legal advisor to Duterte in Davao City from 2010 to 2013. In 2016, he also served as Head of Legal for PhilHealth’s Davao area office. He is currently a board member of the Philippine Reclamation Authority.
Liong will replace Melchor Arthur Carandang, who allegedly investigated Duterte’s illicit wealth. Carandang was released in 2018 after the palace found him guilty of transplantation and corruption, as well as betraying public confidence in conducting his investigation into the first family.
He will serve for a seven-year term.