Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte announced a new batch of Cabinet members at a press conference on Thursday, June 2. Compared to his announcement last Monday, May 31, there are more undersecretaries joining the Cabinet.
Lawyer Salvador Panelo will now continue his job as the official presidential spokesperson, despite Duterte previously stating that he was only serving his position temporarily.
TV5 news anchor Martin Andanar will become the head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Former PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Ed Galvante will be in charge of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), which is considered to be one of the most corrupt agencies in the government. The president-elect noted that Galvante was ‘one of the strictest in the police’.
Longtime executive assistant Christopher ‘Bong’ Go will now be assigned to head the Presidential Management Staff.
Former executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Ed Del Rosario will be the Undersecretary of Civil Veterans under the Department of Defense (DND), while Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) leader Joel Maglungsod will be the Undersecretary in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Like the new secretaries for Department of Agriculture Reform (DAR) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Maglungsod is also a Left-favoring appointee.