Controversial lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon has been named by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday as the Presidential Adviser for Poverty Alleviation, Malacañang said.
The Palace said Gadon’s appointment reflects the government’s commitment to addressing “one of the most pressing challenges” in the country.
“He will play a pivotal role in advising the President on strategies and policies aimed at combating poverty and improving the lives of the most vulnerable sectors of society,” Malacañang said in a statement.
But progressive groups led by Anakbayan opposed the appointment, as the group’s National Spokesperson Kate Almenzo said Gadon has “no love” for the poor and oppressed.
The Palace said that Gadon must work closely with different government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders to implement programs addressing the root cause of poverty.
The President believes Gadon’s wealth of experience as a corporate executive and legal counsel in diverse sectors will help in the formulation of sustainable strategies.
Gadon received his law degree from the Far Eastern University in Manila.
The abrasive lawyer has been known for his use of profanities, particularly in a viral video in which he hurled expletives against journalist Raissa Robles.
The Supreme Court suspended Gadon indefinitely over the incident.
He also ran for a Senate post in 2022 but placed 20th, well outside the magic 12 circle of winners.