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DAVAO CITY—Vice President-elect Sara Duterte’s law school classmate is now her official spokesman to replace Cebu mayor Christina Garcia-Frasco, who will be taking the helm of the Department of Tourism.

Lawyer Reynold Munsayac is the former commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government and in 2021 joined Duterte’s campaign. Duterte said Munsayac assisted her in 2017 to create the worldwide aggrupation Tapang at Malasakit.

Duterte said Munsayac was her law school classmate.

In the 2018 Sen Sebastian College of Law publication, The Law Forum, it said Munsayac entered the law school in 2001 as entrance scholar and graduated valedictorian in 2005.

“Commissioner Reynold Munsayac obtained his high school diploma from Quezon City Science High School and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the Philippines–Diliman. He entered San Sebastian College of Law in 2001 as Entrance Scholar and graduated as Class Valedictorian in 2005,” it said.

Munsayac joined the Fortun Narvasa & Salazar law firm and became a senior associate where he handled leading criminal cases, including the Maguindanao massacre and the Batasan bombing.

Duterte expressed her gratitude to Mayor Frasco for helping here “in the timely and effective communication of her messages to the Filipinos through the media. She was committed to the truthful dissemination of information, and her duty as the spokesperson was marked with intelligence and grace.”

She wished Frasco “all the best in her new role in nation building.” Duterte also expressed confidence on Munsayac that he would be able to bring his experience to his new duty.