The Manila Times : 5 more picks for Marcos Cabinet

By Kristina Maralit | The Manila Times

(UPDATE) FIVE more names have been added to the list of prospective members of the Cabinet of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

The five are former congresswoman Maria Zenaida Angping as head of the Presidential Management Staff; Mayor Christina Frasco as Department of Tourism secretary; Amenah Pangandaman as head of the Department of Budget and Management; Ivan John Enrile Uy as Department of Information Communications and Technology secretary; and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo as Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary.

Press Secretary-designate Beatrix "Trixie" Cruz-Angeles revealed the new nominations on Monday.

Angping is a three-term representative from the third district of Manila, while Frasco is the mayor of Liloan town in Cebu.

Frasco, the daughter of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn "Gwen" Garcia, is presently the spokesman for Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Pangandaman had served as Budget and Management undersecretary.

Uy is an expert in computer forensics, cybercrime, electronic evidence, e-commerce and digital ethics. His last stint in government was as chairman of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology during the Aquino administration.

Cruz-Angeles said Marcos picked Tulfo because of his reputation for "helping Filipinos here and abroad."

All five have accepted their nominations, she said.

They bring to 18 the number of Cabinet nominations.

Already nominated are Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio (Education), Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos (Interior and Local Government), Victor "Vic" Rodriguez (Executive Secretary), Susan Ople (Migrant Workers), Rep. Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla (Justice), Bienvenido Laguesma (Labor and Employment), Arsenio Balisacan (National Economic and Development Authority), Benjamin Diokno (Finance), Felipe Medalla (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), Alfred Pascual (Trade and Industry), Manny Bonoan (Public Works and Highways), Anton Lagdameo (Special Assistant to the President) and Cruz-Angeles.

Sen. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara on Monday welcomed Pangandaman's nomination as Budget chief, and said he looks forward to working with Pangandaman in discussing the proposed P5.2-trillion national budget for 2023.

The senator said Pangandaman used to be the chief of staff of his father, Senate President Edgardo Angara.

"Given her long experience in both the legislature and the executive branches, we look forward to working with Mina [Pangandaman] once again as we go over the 2023 national budget later this year," he said in a statement.

Angara also said he will be able to collaborate with Pangandaman, who has worked with returning Sen. Lorna Regina "Loren" Legarda, when she was chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance.

"With her stint in the Senate, the Department of Budget and Management and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, we can be assured that the coordination between the two branches of government will be smooth," Angara said.

WITH BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO