Duterte appoints former DOH secretary to replace Ubial

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) — Francisco Duque III returns to the Department of Health once again as its Secretary, officials said.

Duque, who served as Health Secretary under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday.

"We wish him well in his present stint in the government," Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

Duque replaces Paulyn Ubial, who was rejected by the Commission on Appointments (CA) on October 10. Health Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle was named officer-in-charge until Duque's appointment.

READ: CA rejects Paulyn Ubial as Health secretary

Duque will also have to go through confirmation proceedings before the powerful CA.

Duterte also appointed Duque chairman of the Government Service Insurance System in February 2017.

Duque also served as chairperson of the Civil Service Commission in 2010, and former president and director of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in 2001 and 1999.

The doctor earned his undergraduate and post-graduate degree from the University of Santo Tomas. He also took Executive Education in Health Program Management at Harvard University in 1992.