President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed businessman Ramon “RJ” Jacinto as presidential adviser for telecommunications, Malacañang announced on Wednesday.

In a statement, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte signed Jacinto’s appointment on Nov. 25.

Jacinto was given the rank of secretary.

Jacinto was formerly presidential adviser on economic affairs and information technology.

He was named undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology in May.

Jacinto, a scion of the steel mill family, owns radio station DZRJ and Rajah Broadcasting Network and sells RJ-branded guitars. He also owns RJ Bistro in Makati where he is a regular performer.

“PA Jacinto has served the Duterte Administration in various capacities… We are therefore confident that PA Jacinto would ably and effectively discharge his duties in this new assignment,” Roque said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro