By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco | Journal News Online
Marcos designates IT expert as BIR chief; lawyer as deputy for operations; another retired PNP general as NICA chief
PRESIDENT-ELECT Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on Friday named a fresh set of nominees for the two top posts in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and another retired general to head the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) in his incoming administration.
“Marcos has chosen Lilia C. Guillermo, a former Deputy Commissioner of the BIR, to head the country’s leading tax collection agency as Commissioner-designate,” said Press Secretary-designate Rose Beatrix Cruz-Angeles.
Currently an assistant governor at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Guillermo heads the BSP Technology and Digital Innovation Office and manages the BSP’s I.T. Modernization Roadmap of 2018-2033.
Guillermo is cited for successfully implementing the Philippines Tax Computerization Project, which established a modern tax collection system for the BIR and the Bureau of Customs.
Guillermo’s strong background in information technology and her almost four decades of service at the BIR complements President-elect Marcos’ objective of boosting the country’s revenue through efficient tax collection.
Cruz-Angeles also said, “Joining Guillermo at the BIR is Atty. Romeo ‘Jun’ Lumagui Jr. whom the President-elect nominated as Deputy Commissioner for Operations-designate.”
She added that Lumagui is a tax lawyer with decades of experience who once served as the Regional Investigation Division Chief of Revenue Region No. 7B East National Capital Region.
Cruz-Angeles said President-elect Marcos also nominated retired Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Director General Ricardo de Leon as NICA director general-designate.
A member of the Philippine Military Academy “Matatag” Class of 1971, de Leon is currently the president of the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC).
PPSC serves as the premier educational institution for the training, human resource development and continuing education of all police, fire and jail personnel.
With the nomination, de Leon would become part of the President-elect’s security cluster with other officials from the departments of National Defense, the Interior and Local Government, Foreign Affairs and Justice; Armed Forces of the Philippines; PNP; and the National Bureau of Investigation.