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Marcos’ camp also indicated the incoming Chief Executive’s preference to appoint new faces in government offices

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True tandem President-elect Bongbong Marcos and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio are the faces of a new generation of leadership as the world moves into the next normal, as seen in the e-billboard along Edsa Boni in Mandaluyong City. | PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANALY LABOR FOR THE DAILY TRIBUNE @tribunephl_ana

President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said his administration will give priority to the economy, agriculture and sovereignty in the next six years.

In a social media post, Marcos expressed confidence that his Cabinet picks will “perform their tasks to fulfill the programs we are embarking on.”

Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio, meanwhile, has communicated with the Offices of the Vice President and the Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) to iron out the processes for a smooth transition, her spokesperson Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco said.

Duterte’s camp was mum on the possibility of a meeting between Duterte and VP Leni Robredo prior to the handover.

Robredo’s spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez, promised that the transition is in the works.

The VP will return to the country next week after attending her youngest daughter Jillian’s graduation in New York.

Fresh picks

Marcos’ camp also indicated the incoming Chief Executive’s preference to appoint “new faces” in government offices, dismissing reports he would extend the term of some Cabinet members of the Duterte administration.

“The directive and the direction given by President-elect Marcos is that he wants to form his administration. He wants to have his government and he wants to run his governance,” lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ longtime chief-of-staff and incoming Executive Secretary, said in an interview with dzBB.

“Simply put, we will have new faces in all departments of our government,” he added.

Marcos has yet to complete his Cabinet, with Rodriguez appealing to the public to be patient as the incoming president forms his administration.

“We cannot rush him. Let’s give him enough space to build and form his administration,” Rodriguez said, referring to Marcos.

“Looking for the right person and the right post is a tedious process and President-elect Bongbong is being cautious,” according to his aide.

Rodriguez has been chosen and has accepted the post of executive secretary in the incoming Marcos administration.

He is also the head of Marcos’ transition team coordinating with officials of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Cabinet takes shape

Marcos has so far nominated his Vice President, Duterte, as Education Secretary, Cavite Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla as Justice Secretary, Bienvenido Laguesma as Labor Secretary, Susan Ople as Migrant Workers Secretary, and Trixie Cruz-Angeles as Press Secretary.

He also named members of his economic team, namely, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno (Finance), Arsenio Balisacan (National Economic and Development Authority), Alfred Pascual (Trade) and Manny Bonoan (Public Works and Highways).

Monetary Board member Felipe Medalla will take the place of Diokno to lead the central bank.

Rodriguez said that Marcos’ economic team has not helped them during the campaign period, noting that they “ended playing the game of politics the moment the precincts closed last 9 May polls.”

“To put things in proper perspective, the names of the nominees we have announced are not part of our campaign,” he said. “They have zero participation in our campaign.”

He then said that the Cabinet members appointed must be ready to serve the country and respect the laws.

Robredo’s chief of staff Philip “Boyet” Dy has been coordinating with Duterte-Carpio’s team regarding details of the transition.

“As the transition process is still ongoing, entailing detailed discussions on all aspects of the workings of the OVP and the DepEd, information on the completion of this process will be released once available,” Franco said in a statement Saturday.

Outgoing Education Secretary Leonor Briones previously signified her commitment to ensuring a seamless transfer of power to Duterte, who accepted the education portfolio offered to him by Marcos.

The Marcos-Duterte tandem won the top two government posts after getting over 31 million votes each, making them the first president and vice president of the Philippines elected by the majority since the 1986 snap elections.

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