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Presumptive president Bongbong Marcos has picked one of his staunchest allies, House Deputy Speaker and Cavite 7th District Rep. Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, to be his administration’s Justice Secretary, the latter confirmed to reporters on Monday.

Remulla claimed that he “did not apply for the job” and was surprised when Marcos asked him to meet him “a few days after the elections.”

There, he said, Marcos invited him to join his Cabinet and offered him the opportunity to head the Department of Justice (DoJ).

“He told me that ‘we cannot afford to fail. We have to do a good job.’ He has no other intention but to do the best job possible for the people,” Remulla said.

“We call this very rare chance given by the people to serve. So the opportunity is there to do it, and do it the best way possible,” he added.

Marcos’ camp has yet to confirm Remulla’s appointment.

For Remulla, it was “very humbling” to be chosen by Marcos, whom he campaigned hard for during the 2022 presidential campaign.

Remulla’s younger brother, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, vowed to deliver 800,000 votes from the vote-rich Cavite to Marcos.

The 9 May election results showed that Marcos garnered over 1.1 million votes in the Remulla clan’s bailiwick. Marcos’ closest challenger, Vice President Leni Robredo, received almost half a million votes.

In a separate television interview, the veteran lawmaker said while he already accepted the job offer, he still has to fulfill his duties as a congressman.

“I still have to fulfill my duties hereunder this Congress, a lot of things still need to be done. But it’s a duty to serve our country in the best way possible,” he said.

“We have to go through the confirmation process before we resign. That has been the tradition.”

 

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