By Neil Arwin Mercado | Inquirer.net
MANILA, Philippines — Five more members of the Cabinet of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. were named Monday, including broadcaster Erwin Tulfo who will serve as secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Marcos Jr.’s press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said the following have accepted the offer to be a part of the incoming president’s Cabinet:
Cruz-Angeles said the five individuals were selected for their “experience in public service and proven service record.”
Tulfo is a broadcaster who currently works with the government media People’s Television Network. He previously worked as a news anchor for media network TV 5.
In a statement following the announcement, Tulfo thanked Marcos Jr. for trusting him.
“Alam ko na maraming trabaho ang naghihintay sa DSWD. Ang tanging maipapangako ko lamang ay sisikapin ko na matugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayang mahihirap at nangangailangan,” Tulfo said in a statement sent to reporters.
(I know there are a lot of tasks waiting for me in the DSWD. My only promise is to strive to respond to the needs of our countrymen who are poor and are in need.)
To recall, Tulfo unleashed tirades against DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista after the latter allegedly refused to grant him an interview for his radio show.
The broadcaster has publicly apologized for his “excessive” ranting against Bautista.
Frasco, meanwhile, was recently elected as mayor of Liloan town in Cebu. She is the daughter of Cebu province governor Gwendolyn Garcia who backed Marcos Jr.’s presidential bid together with her One Cebu party.
Frasco also serves as the spokesperson of Marcos Jr.’s running mate in the elections, Vice President-elect Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Pangandaman currently serves as assistant governor of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
She also formerly served as assistant secretary of the DBM and former chief-of-staff of late Senate President Edgardo Angara.
Meanwhile, Uy previously served as chairman of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology under the administration of late President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
He is currently the corporate secretary of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and a Humprey fellow of the University of Minnesota.
“The president-elect’s vision of a digitally empowered citizenry actively participating in the increasingly digital economy would greatly help address nagging issues on poverty, job creation, bridging the digital divide making us globally competitive,” Uy was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Marcos Jr. camp.
Angping formerly served as congresswoman for the third district of Manila for nine years. She is also currently a part of the Marcos Jr. transition team.
She also served as technical assistant of the Office of the Governor of Leyte and executive assistant of former China, Saudi Arabia, and US Ambassador Benjamin Romualdez.