IN THE SERVICE OF THE GOV'T. Newly appointed officer-in-charge of the National Bureau of Investigation Lawyer Medardo De Lemos (fourth from left) during the inauguration of Col. Valentin Grasparil Hall inside the Antique Police Provincial Office in San Jose de Buenavista on July 8, 2022. Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao on Tuesday (July 12) expressed her gladness over the appointments of De Lemos and newly designated Energy Secretary Raphael Perpetuo Lotilla. (Photo courtesy of Vice Governor Edgar Denosta)

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Political leaders of the province of Antique are elated with the appointments of their two province mates to key posts under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao on Tuesday expressed her pride and happiness that the President has shown confidence in the abilities of Antiqueños when he designated Raphael Perpetuo Lotilla as energy secretary and Medardo De Lemos by appointing him as the officer-in-charge of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), through Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla.

“For a small province of Antique, I am very happy as governor that two Antiqueños had been given key positions in the government,” she said.

Cadiao added that the Antiqueños, despite coming from a province not so well-known before unlike the big cities and provinces in the country, are hardworking, resourceful, intelligent, and could be trusted and could be assets.

Antique Provincial Board Member Pio Jessielito Sumande said in a separate interview that Lotilla is an awardee of the “Bugal kang Antique” or Antique’s Pride Award, which is the most distinguished award given by the provincial government during the yearly Binirayan Festival celebration.

“Lotilla, as the energy secretary, could really help address the energy problem in the country,” Sumande said.

Antique, in particular, has many other sources of energy like solar, wind, and hydro that if harnessed could reduce the electricity rate, he cited.

De Lemos, on the other hand, has a good track record and had long been serving as deputy of the NBI.

“Antique has now a full-blown NBI office because of Senator Loren Legarda, who is the former congresswoman of the province, and De Lemos,” he said.

He said the NBI in Antique before was only a satellite office but now has its own building with equipment that could process application of clearances and perform other services like cybercrime investigation. (PNA)