Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas is appointed the new chief of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) by President Aquino on Friday, August 31.
Roxas, 55, an economist and president of the Liberal Party (LP), will take over the position vacated by the late DILG chief Jesse Robredo who died in a plane crash last August 18.
This is the second Cabinet posting of Roxas under the Aquino administration and the third since he joined the executive branch under the Estrada administration as its trade and industry secretary in 2000.
Roxas gave up his presidential bid in 2009 and ran instead as running mate of then-Senator Noynoy Aquino. Aquino won but Roxas lost to former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay in a close vice-presidential race.
Roxas is married to ABS-CBN TV Patrol co-anchor Korina Sanchez.