: Bongbong Marcos picks Clarita Carlos as nat’l security adviser, Conrado Estrella as DAR chief

By Neil Arwin Mercado |

MANILA, Philippines — Retired professor Clarita Carlos and ABONO Partylist Rep. Conrado Estrella have decided to join the Cabinet of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Carlos will serve as National Security Adviser while Estrella will head the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), according to Marcos Jr.’s office Wednesday.

Marcos Jr.’s office said Carlos and Estrella had a nearly two-hour meeting with the president-elect at the latter’s headquarters in Mandaluyong City.

Carlos is a retired political science professor at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She previously served as president of the National Defense College of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Estrella served as one of the Deputy Speakers of the House of Representatives in the 18th Congress.

He served as representative of the 6th district of Pangasinan from 1987 to 1995, and was re-elected to the same post from 2001 to 2010.

In 2013, he was elected as representative of ABONO partylist, which intends to push for programs in the agriculture sector.