Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has offered former national treasurer Leonor Briones to become the next secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Benjamin Diokno to return as the chief of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Saturday night, May 28.
Both Briones and Diokno served in the cabinet of former President Joseph Estrada.
The presumptive President-elect wants Briones to focus on ironing out the problems in implementing K to 12, particularly on the additional financial burden faced by marginalized students and teachers who will lose their positions due to the implementation of the education program.
Briones is best known for being the secretary of the Commission on Audit under Estrada’s administration. She is a professor emeritus of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman and a lead convener of the Social Watch Philippines.
She has asked Duterte to give her until May 31, Tuesday, before making her final decision about the DepEd appointment.
For the budget secretary post, Duterte wants the experienced Diokno to serve under his incoming administration.
However, Diokno seems to have not yet made up his mind about Duterte’s appointment.
Diokno previously served as the Secretary of Budget and Management of the Philippines under Estrada’s administration. From 1986 to 1991, he was also the Undersecretary for Budget Operations at the Department of Budget and Management under the administration of former President Corazon Aquino. He is currently an economics professor at UP Diliman.