| Rodrigo Duterte|
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| Ernesto Corpuz Abella|
Ateneo de Davao University
Asian Institute of Management
Asian Institute of Management, Ateneo de Davao University, Silliman University
Davao, Philippines, Tagaytay, Philippines, Cavite, Philippines
Martin Andanar, Perfecto Yasay Jr, Ernesto Pernia, Judy Taguiwalo, Vitaliano Aguirre II
Ernesto "Ernie" Corpuz Abella is a Filipino businessman, writer and former evangelist who is the current Presidential Spokesperson for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Prior to his appointment, Abella was an executive with a Davao City-based agricultural products manufacturer and a local cooperative which he co-founded. He also established a school in Davao and also worked as a columnist for local newspaper Sun.Star Davao.
Abella finished high school at the Ateneo de Davao University in 1964. In 1968, he graduated with a BA in pre-medicine from the same university. In 1980, he pursued his postgraduate studies at the Silliman University where he graduated with a master's degree in Divinity in 1984. He also earned a master's degree in Social Development from the Asian Institute of Management in 2005.
Abella started his career in advertising. He served as Creative Director for Adformatix in Makati between 1975 and 1977. He then moved back to Davao to work as a columnist for Davao City newspaper San Pedro Express and as a professor at his alma mater Ateneo de Davao.
In 1990, he founded the Hope of Asia and the Christian charismatic group Jesus Fellowship, Inc. He was also a board member of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches and the Koinonia Theological Seminary. He became a preacher in Davao for several years until his abduction by ethnic bandits in 1996. In a meeting with media reporters following his appointment as Presidential Spokesperson, he narrated how then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte negotiated for his release within 24 hours. It was then when he started following Duterte and even actively campaigned for him in the last elections through his writings.
Abella returned to secular life in 2002 and pursued a career in agri-business. He served as Chief Executive Officer of AZ Agri-Products and as Chief Operating Officer of F&P Agri-Inputs. He also established his own businesses: One Accord Credit Cooperative and Southpoint School in Davao City.
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