The Manila Times : Carlos, Estrella join Marcos Cabinet

By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times

PRESIDENT-ELECT Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday picked two more officials joining his Cabinet, including retired University of the Philippines (UP) political science professor Clarita Carlos.

Marcos met with Carlos along with former Abono Party-list representative Conrado Estrella 3rd at his headquarters in Mandaluyong City, where the two accepted the offer to become new members of the Cabinet under his incoming administration.

"In a nearly two-hour meeting held Wednesday (June 8) at the BBM headquarters in Mandaluyong City, Carlos and Estrella were appointed as National Security Adviser (NSA) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) secretary, respectively," the Marcos camp said in a statement.

Last week, Marcos said he wanted to know from Carlos which position she felt she could be "most of help."

"The Propesora, we have been in consultation with her. We are asking her, where do you feel you can be most of help? And we are still waiting for her answer," he said, referring to Carlos.

Carlos has regularly been interviewed by the media for her take on political issues.

She was one of the panelists during the presidential debate hosted by SMNI, which Marcos attended.

Carlos, who is currently the executive director of policy research think tank StratSearch Foundation Inc., has been a consultant for the Local Government Development Foundation since 1993 and is president of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies.

She also served as the president of the National Defense College of the Philippines and lectured at the National Defense University in the United States. She has also taught at Ateneo de Manila University as a professorial lecturer.

Meanwhile, Estrella is the grandson of former Agrarian Reform Minister Conrado "Condring" Estrella Sr. His father and namesake used to be the assemblyman of Pangasinan.