- Duterte revealed on Monday that his offer to Gibo being the head of the Department of National Defense still stands
- The president hopes that Gibo will accept it this time or he would have to scout for someone who could fill the post
- Incumbent Defense Secretary Lorenzana is being considered for an ambassadorial position
President Rodrigo Duterte is once again hinted that he is eyeing former defense chief Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro to become the head of the Department of National Defense (DND).
During his speech at the oath-taking of military officers today, Duterte said that he is considering incumbent Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for a yet-specified ambassadorial post in a country.
He revealed that the idea of the ambassadorial post being offered to Lorenzana first came up on Monday.
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It can be recalled that the President first offered the DND portfolio to Teodoro last May; however, the latter decided not to accept it.
"Kung wala akong ibang makuha, we'll just have to scout for a new Defense secretary, marami naman diyan (If I cannot get someone, we’ll just have to scout for a new Defense secretary; I’m sure there are a lot around)," Duterte said.
"I hope to get one pero kung hindi pumayag, I tell you now, kasi si Gibo, I offered [it] to him during the election (I hope to get one, if Gibo will not accept it , since I offered it to him during the election)," the President recalled.
"Dumating na sa kanya iyan [offer] ... by this time, I hope he does accept (It was offered to him… by this time, I hope he does accept)," the President added.
The oath-taking was attended by Armed Forces chief General Ricardo Visaya, other appointed generals as well as flag officers in the military.
Teodoro ran for the top position during the 2010 elections but lost to then-Senator Benigno Aquino III.
He has served as defense secretary during the Arroyo administration.
Meanwhile, Lorenzana, who is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1973, has already retired in 2004 as a two-star general in the military. His last post was Defense and Armed Forces attaché to Washington.
President Duterte has not yet appointed an ambassador to the US after top diplomat Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. left his post shortly before the transition. -Kami Media