Naguilian, La Union: If he wins in May, Vice President Jejomar Binay said that he will name Pag-IBIG Fund President and CEO Darlene Berberabe as Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd).
Binay bared his plan in a speech at the Naguilian National High School on Friday night.
“I am looking forward, teachers of Naguilian National High School, that I can appoint, in fact I already have an idea kung sino ang ilalagay ko [whom I will appoint], sasabihin ko na sa inyo na ang a-appoint-in kong Cabinet member [I will tell you now that I will appoint as Cabinet member]. Kasi ang gusto ko ang Cabinet member ko ay may success stories na, walang learning card. At ito ho ay kailangan sa DepEd [Because I want my Cabinet member to be someone who already has success stories, no learning card. And this is needed at the DepEd],” he said.
“Meron hong executive ability, marunong hong mamahala. At ang akin hong tinutukoy ay ‘yung Secretary ng Pag-IBIG [Someone who has executive ability, who is skilled in management. And I am referring to the Secretary of Pag-IBIG]. She was able to introduce a lot to improve the services of Pag-IBIG. She’s a graduate of the UP, summa cum laude, Philosophy. She was a valedictorian from grade school to high school, went to College of Law, graduated magna cum laude. So you can expect an executive to be the Secretary of DepEd. And her name is Atty. Berberabe. ‘Yun ho ang aking gagawin. [That is what I will do],” he said.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd appointed Berberabe to lead the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-IBIG Fund in 2010 upon the recommendation of Binay.
The Vice President is the standard bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
In February, Binay said that outgoing Cavite Governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla Jr. will become part of his Cabinet as head of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) if he wins the presidential derby.
Binay has also said that he will appoint his running mate, Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, anti-crime czar.