Vice President-elect Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo says that she is to give her best in doing her promised duty to the Filipinos, with or without a position, and she respects the decision of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in forming the cabinet of his new administration.
"Iginagalang natin ang ginawang pagpili ni Pangulong Duterte ng mga taong bubuo ng kanyang Gabinete. Bilang pangulo, nasa kapangyarihan niya ang mamili ng mga taong makakatulong niya sa pagpapatakbo ng pamahalaan," Robredo said.
(We respect the decision of President Duterte in choosing the people forming his Cabinet. As a president, it is in his power to choose the right people who can help him run the government.)
"Subalit may posisyon man o wala, sisikapin kong matupad ang mga pangakong binitiwan ko sa ating mga kababayan sa abot ng aking makakaya," she added.
(But with or without a position, I will give my best to make sure that I fulfill my promises to the Filipinos.)
On Tuesday night, incoming President Duterte admitted that he has not reserved any cabinet seat to Robredo because he does not want to disappoint and hurt the feelings of Robredo’s neck-and-neck rival, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“I don’t want to hurt the feelings of Bongbong Marcos. He is my friend. That is the political reality,” President Duterte said during a press conference held in Davao City.
“Reconciliation need not come from an appointment (for Robredo). There is no compelling reason for me to accommodate the VP. I am sorry. Leni must understand that she belongs to the opposite side (of the political fence),” Duterte added.
The following are the newly-appointed members of Duterte’s cabinet as announced on Tuesday:
Bureau of Customs head – Nicanor Faeldon
Bureau of Immigration head – Jaime Morente
Cabinet secretary – Leonicio Evasco
Executive secretary – Salvador Midealdea
Department of Agriculture secretary – Manny Piñol
Department of Agrarian Reform secretary – Rafael Mariano
Department of Budget and Management secretary – Benjamin Biokno
Department of Education secretary – Leonor Briones
Department of Energy secretary – Alfonso Cusi
Department of Finance secretary – Carlos Dominguez
Department of Foreign Affairs secretary – Perfecto Yasay, Jr.
Department of Interior and Local Government secretary – Mike Sueno
Department of Interior and Local Government undersecretary – Catalino Coy
Department of Justice secretary – Vitaliano Aguirre
Department of Labor secretary – Sivestre Bello III
Department of National Defense secretary – Delfin Lorenzana
Department of Public Works and Highways secretary – Mark Villar
Department of Science and Technology secretary – Fortunato Dela Pena
Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary – Judy Taguiwalo
Land Transportation Franchise Regulatory Board head – Martin Delgra
National Bureau of Investigation head – Martin Gierran
National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council head – Ricardo Jalad
National Intelligence Coordinationg Agency head – Alex Agudo
National Economic Development Authority director general – Ernesto Pernia
National Security adviser – Hermogenes Esperon
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency head – Isdiro Lapena
Peace Process adviser – Jesus Dureza
Presidential assistant for Visayas – Mike Dino
Presidential spokesperson – Salvador Panelo
Solicitor General – Jose Calida
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