The Manila Times : Rodriguez eyed as executive secretary

By Kristina Maralit | The Manila Times

(UPDATED) ATTORNEY Victor "Vic" Rodriguez, longtime chief of staff and spokesman for President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., has been nominated to be the executive secretary of the incoming administration.

"Who can say no to President-elect Bongbong Marcos? It is an honor working with him, whom I have known for a very long time, and I believe will serve the country efficiently and with unquestioned devotion. It is very flattering to work alongside the best person I've known," the 48-year-old lawyer said in a statement on Sunday.

"Rest assured that our team will work doubly hard for the success of his six-year presidency," he added.

With the nomination, Rodriguez has formally relinquished his duties as Marcos' spokesman.

The University of Santo Tomas alumnus, who is also the president of the Quezon City Trial Lawyers League, is the latest addition to the initial list of names expected to serve in the Marcos Cabinet.

Marcos earlier named Davao City Mayor and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio as secretary of the Department of Education and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos Jr. as the Interior and Local Government secretary.

He asked Bienvenido Laguesma to head the Department of Labor and Employment and Susan "Toots" Ople as chief of the newly formed Department of Migrant Workers.

Both have yet to declare if they will accept the offer.