CNN Philippines : LIST: Who will be part of Bongbong Marcos’ Cabinet?

By CNN Philippines

Published May 20, 2022 4:09:17 PM

Updated May 23, 2022 12:43:00 PM

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The camp of presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has already started the search for potential Cabinet members ahead of his official proclamation.

At least four names have been announced so far by Marcos’ camp. They are:

Sara Duterte — Department of Education
Marcos’ running mate and presumptive vice president Sara Duterte will serve as the Secretary of Education.

Duterte admitted she and Marcos initially talked about the possibility of her leading the Department of National Defense. She explained it would be best not to push through with the said post as she "expects that people who want to see the new administration fail will fabricate intrigues about my loyalty and the DND position to break the UniTeam."

Duterte, the daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, welcomed her appointment to the education department and emphasized the need for the country to have a new generation of advocates for peace and discipline.

Benhur Abalos — Department of the Interior and Local Government
Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos was tapped to lead the DILG under Marcos’ administration.

In February, Abalos left his MMDA post to serve as the national campaign manager for Marcos.

Vic Rodriguez — Executive Secretary
Marcos' long-time chief of staff and spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez has taken on the challenge to be the incoming president's executive secretary.

The post of executive secretary is often given the monicker "Little President" due to its mandate "to directly assist the President in the management of affairs of the government as well as to direct the operations of the Executive Office." The official also has to ensure that all directives and orders of the chief executive are implemented.

Rep. Boying Remulla — Department of Justice
Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla has accepted the offer to be the secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Marcos presidency, insisting he did not ask for the job.

If the appointment pushes through, Remulla has to vacate his congressional seat as the representative of Cavite 7th district.

Pending offers
Marcos’ camp also confirmed there are ongoing offers for the following positions:

Vic Rodriguez — Executive Secretary
Department of Migrant Workers — Susan "Toots" Ople

Marcos' long-time chief of staff and spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez has taken on the challenge to be the incoming president's executive secretary.

The post of executive secretary is often given the monicker "Little President" due to its mandate "to directly assist the President in the management of affairs of the government as well as to direct the operations of the Executive Office." The official also has to ensure that all directives and orders of the chief executive are implemented.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Rep. Boying Remulla — Department of Justice

Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla has accepted the offer to be the secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Marcos presidency, insisting he did not ask for the job.

If the appointment pushes through, Remulla has to vacate his congressional seat as the representative of Cavite 7th district.

Department of Labor and Employment — Bienvenido Laguesma

Both Laguesma and Ople have yet to confirm whether or not they will accept the posts.

Marcos' camp has already declared victory pending the official vote count for president. The nearly completed, unofficial count from the Commission on Elections' transparency server shows him with a wide lead over closest rival Vice President Leni Robredo.