Philippines President Appoints Musician RJ Jacinto as Economic Adviser

Rodrigo Duterte in Manila
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Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a labor day campaign rally on May 1, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.

Jacinto penned a jingle for the President during his campaign.

The tough-talking new president of the Philippines has a new adviser with a famous name in the Southeast Asian nation. President Rodrigo Duterte, who just advocated the killing of drug addicts, has appointed musician and businessman Ramon "RJ" Jacinto as his presidential adviser on economic affairs and information technology communications.

Jacinto, guitarist and founder of rock station DZRJ, instrument maker RJ Guitars and the longtime proprietor of the Rajah Broadcasting Network, will hold the rank of undersecretary in his role. He was a vocal supporter of Duterte during this year's campaign and wrote a campaign jingle for him (watch it below).

Other members of the entertainment industry to have been enlisted for the Duterte's administration include singers Jimmy Bondo and Freddie Aguilar.

During the campaign, Duterte pledged a merciless war on the country's drug trade and had a habit of making bombastic and crude remarks about sex and rape. In a recent profanity-filled speech, he called for the execution of drug users, whom he labeled "sons of whores," adding, "If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful."


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