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Ungab to replace Abad as DBM chief

Incoming President Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” R. Duterte will name Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, as the new Budget Secretary.

UngabReliable sources said Ungab, a stalwart of the ruling Liberal Party who declared support for Duterte last December, will replace Budget Secretary Forencio “Butch” Abad.

“The incoming President is interested to appoint Congressman Ungab in the DBM to replace Secretary Abad,” the source said, noting that Duterte and Ungab are old friends and longtime political allies.

Ungab has yet to comment on his possible apppintment as the country’s Budget chief.

Another source said Ungab will get the post being one of the close supporters of Duterte.

But “it would not look good following his implication to the pork barrel scam,” the source added.

In July 2004 before the start of the second regular session of 16th Congress, it was reported that Ungab was not keeping his post as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations following his alleged involvement in the pork barrel fund scam.