President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has appointed Raphael Perpetuo Lotilla as the secretary of the Department of Energy, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles announced on Monday.

Lotilla was the secretary of energy under Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from 2005-2007.

He was also president of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation and was deputy director general of the National Economic Development Authority, or PSALM.

PSALM is a government-owned and controlled corporation tasked to manage the orderly sale, disposition and privatization of formerly National Power Corporation (NPC)-owned generation assets, real estate and other disposable assets and independent power producer contracts

Its aim is to liquidate all NPC financial obligations and stranded contract costs in an optimal manner.

Lotilla also teaches law in the University of the Philippines where he obtained his law degree.

He obtained his Masters of Laws from the University of Michigan Law School. John Ezekiel J. Hirro