It’s now official, lawyer Vic Rodriguez will assume the all-important post of Executive Secretary in the administration of President-in-waiting Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
The camp of Marcos confirmed Sunday what has been talked about for days since the post of Department of Education secretary was offered to incoming Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Rodriguez has been serving as the spokesperson of Marcos, but he promptly relinquished the post following his acceptance of the post cloaked with the unofficial title “Little President.”
“Who can say no to President-elect Bongbong Marcos? It is an honor working with him, whom I have known for a very long time, and I believe will serve the country efficiently and with unquestioned devotion,” Rodriguez said.
“It is very flattering to work alongside the best person I’ve known,” he added. “I thank the President-elect for the trust and confidence. Rest assured that our team will work doubly hard for the success of his six-year presidency.”
The 48-year-old lawyer and Marcos’ long-time chief of staff has been credited for the successful and smooth conduct of the latter’s presidential campaign.
Rodriguez is also leading the new administration’s transition team coordinating with the outgoing Duterte administration.
The Executive Secretary is a member of the Cabinet who directly assists the President in the management of the affairs of the government under the Executive Office.
Rodriguez will be taking over the post currently being held by Salvador Medialdea, and once occupied by Paquito Ochoa Jr. under the late President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, Alberto Romulo (Macapagal-Arroyo administration), and Edgardo Angara and Ronaldo Zamora under the short-lived Estrada government.
Rodriguez would succeed Medialdea once Marcos assumed the presidency on 30 June. He is the managing partner of Rodriguez and Partners Law Firm, and the president of the Quezon City Trial Lawyers League.
He was also corporate secretary and corporate counsel at Oriental Vision Mining Philippines Corp., a multi-mineral mining venture. He finished his law studies at the University of Santo Tomas, and also had an executive education on negotiation from the National University of Singapore.
“Not much of his personal activities are known as he prefers to lead a very private life and is seldom seen on the social scene attending events or functions,” the Marcos camp said of Rodriguez, describing him as “fiercely loyal” to the President-in-waiting.
Aside from Rodriguez and Duterte, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairperson Benhur Abalos has been offered to join the Marcos Cabinet as head of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Former labor secretary Bienvenido Laguesma had been offered that same post, while overseas Filipino workers advocate Susan “Toots” Ople had been asked to head the Department of Migrant Workers.
Abalos has accepted the offer, while no words yet have come from Laguesma and Ople whether or not they are accepting the offered posts.