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Aprup sa kanya! Albay Rep. Joey Salceda backs kariton hero for urban poor agency post

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Nothing is final yet about the appointment of Efren Penaflorida to the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor, but the President’s choice has a backer in Albay Rep. Joey Salceda.

President Duterte announced in a party with media Friday that he wanted Penaflorida to head the PCUP after he fired Terry Ridon for going on excessive junkets. There is no word yet if Penaflorida accepted the post.

Penaflorida made headlines after CNN named him its hero in 2009 for his program where he visits slum areas to teach children, bringing his school supplies in a pushcart or kariton.

“A breath of fresh air. An enlightened choice,” Salceda said of the President’s decision.