President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno as a member of the board of directors of North Luzon Railways Corporation (NLRC).
The NLRC, according to www.cab.gov.ph, is created to implement the Northrail project, which aims to build a fast, reliable, and efficient railway system in Central and Northern Luzon.
In a Malacañang memo dated July 12, it was stated that Isko’s term of office runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
The memo was duly signed by the president together with a Malacañang seal.
In the 2016 national elections, Isko ran as senator under Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, the political party of re-electionist Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada.
Note that during the campaign period, Isko was a guest candidate in the senatorial lineup of then presidential candidate/Senator Grace Poe and vice-presidential candidate/Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
Isko also got included in the senatorial lineup of the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Senator Bongbong Marcos, who ran in the 2016 elections as president and vice president, respectively.
Below is a copy of Isko's appointment under President Duterte's administration, as published on CNN Philippines' Twitter account:
President Rodrigo Duterte appoints former Vice Mayor Isko Moreno as member of the Board of Directors of North Luzon Railways Corp. pic.twitter.com/ISfKDJszry— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) July 18, 2017
The last time President Duterte appointed a showbiz personality in his administration was in May, when he named dancer-blogger Mocha Uson as assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Other showbiz personalities who have been appointed positions by the president were Cesar Montano as Department of Tourism (DOT) Promotions Board chief operating officer, Aiza Seguerra as National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson, and Kat de Castro as DOT undersecretary for tourism advocacy and public affairs.
Liza Diño was also named as Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson, Arnell Ignacio as Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) AVP for Community Relation and Services Department, and RJ Jacinto as presidential adviser on Economic Affairs and Information Technology Communications.