Duterte eyes allies, ex-soldiers in Cabinet


    THE Cabinet of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will be a mix of old and new faces and former military men.

    As his opponents in the presidential race conceded defeat, the next Philippine President gave reporters a glimpse of who will make up his official family.

    Duterte said he is considering former military men and close friends for posts in his Cabinet, including Jesus Dureza and Carlos Dominguez 3rd, he told reporters in Davao City on Tuesday.

    He may also appoint Dureza, his classmate in high school, as presidential peace adviser, he added.

    Dureza was the Press secretary under the administration of Fidel Ramos. He also served as peace adviser to former President Gloria Arroyo.

    The mayor said he is eyeing Dominguez for the Transportation or Finance portfolios.

    Dominguez, a businessman in Davao City, is Duterte’s long-time friend. He was an Agriculture secretary during the presidencies of Ramos and Corazon Aquino.

    Duterte’s running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, may be named Foreign Affairs secretary.

    Cayetano, who is trailing in the vice presidential count, has three years left in his Senate term and cannot be appointed to a government post within a year after the elections.

    The tough-talking mayor said former military men will occupy “lower echelons” in his administration.

    “Do not be surprised if others are military people. Meron akong mga kilala [I have friends], they are already retired,” Duterte noted.

    Meanwhile, Peter Laviña and lawyer Salvador Panelo will be his spokesmen in Davao City.
    His campaign manager, Leoncio Evasco Jr., “will stay beside me,” Duterte said, without giving details.

    On the campaign trail, the Davao mayor has promised to appoint Albay Gov. Joey Salceda as head of the National Economic and Development Authority.

    Sources inside Duterte’s camp also floated several names for the Justice portfolio.
    They said Duterte’s fraternity brothers may composed the mayor’s legal team.

    The mayor is a member of Lex Talionis fraternity.

    Among those mentioned was Duterte’s classmate at the San Beda College of Law — Vitaliano Aguirre.

    Aguirre was one of the private prosecutors during the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

    He was also one of the lawyers of Hubert Webb in the controversial Vizconde massacre case.

    Also mentioned was Salvador “Bingbong” Medialdea who is based in Davao City.

    It was Medialdea who filed Duterte’s Certificate of Candidacy at the Commission on Elections in Manila.

    Medialdea is a graduate of the San Beda College of Law.

    He began his career at the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRA) Law Offices.
    Medialdea is the son of former Supreme Court Justice Leo Medialdea.

    Also in Duterte’s legal circle are veteran lawyer Panelo and former Justice Undersecretary Jose Calida,

    Sources said other legal personalities who supported Duterte and who may end up working alongside the soon-to-be President are Alfredo “Fred” Lim and Richie Kho.

    The Times source said Evasco may be appointed to the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

    Evasco was a former mayor of Maribojoc, Bohol.

    The former priest was once a member of the communist New People’s Army.

    Laviña also on Tuesday said Duterte is willing to talk with China over a highly sensitive territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

    Duterte is also willing to form partnerships with China to extract gas and oil deposits that are believed to be in the sea, as well as explore joint fishing management systems, he added.

    “This is the difference between the current and the Duterte administrations, the mayor is open to bilateral talks with China,” Lavina told reporters in Davao.

    China and the Philippines, under President Benigno Aquino 3rd, had endured steadily worsening relations in recent years as they sparred over joint claims to parts of the South China Sea, one of the world’s most strategically important waterways.

    China claims nearly all of the sea, even waters approaching the coasts of the Philippines, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian nations.

    To enforce its claims, it has built contested reefs into artificial islands, some topped with military-capable airstrips.

    China also in 2012 took control of Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing area within the Philippines’ economic exclusive zone.

    The Philippines filed a legal challenge with a United Nations tribunal asking it to rule that the Chinese claims to most of the sea are invalid.

    Lavina said Duterte will continue with the UN case.

    A verdict is expected soon after the mayor is sworn into office on June 30.

    Duterte’s closest rival in the presidential race, Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, conceded defeat also on Tuesday.

    Fighting back tears, the Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer said Duterte was the clear winner in the May 9 polls.

    “Simulan na natin ang pagbuo sa minamahal nating bansa. Galangin at tanggapin natin ang pasya ng ating mga kababayan. Ayon sa unofficial count ng Comelec, malinaw na si Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ang magiging susunod na Pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas [We should begin nation building. We should respect the decision of our voters],” Roxas said.

    “Digong, I wish you success. Ang iyong tagumpay ay tagumpay ng ating bansa [Your success is the success of our country],” he added, using Duterte’s nickname.

    Sen. Grace Poe was the first to congratulate Duterte, saying at a press briefing toward midnight after the elections that she was giving way to him after having fought a good fight.

    Malacañang also threw in the towel on Tuesday as President Aquino wrapped up his own monitoring of the conduct of the polls inside the Presidential Situation Room.

    “Our people have spoken and their verdict is accepted and respected,” said Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a statement.

    “The path of good governance or daang matuwid [straight path]is already established as all presidential candidates spoke out against corruption, and in favor of continuing and expanding present pro-poor programs, and pursuing more initiatives to sustain the strong economy and achieve inclusive growth,” he added.



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    1. President elect Duterte is good for the country especially if he will get rid of the corrupt practices of the Oligarchs.

      The policies he must take to lead our country should be out of the beaten path and for the best of the poor.

      Hooray! Time is most precious, let’s get going Mayor.

      • Some was offered and reject the position because, with du30 presidency,they will swear that nobody will not commit corruption or else.
        The cost of campaigned is not making sense how much take home money they can bring except committing plunder.During Pnoy,everybody is fighting to get a position because they knew the president is NGANGA [austsm]President Abnoy performance during a congressman to senator think he don’t know how to rule the country without a greedy adviser. The liberal party likes it

    2. President elect Duterte, we filipinos put our trust in you. Please fulfill your promise to eradicate corruption, illegal drugs, and with honest government. Your mandate is overwhelming that means we are tired of traditional politicians. We want change -a transformation in publuc service. Failure is not an option this time for, the people is behind you. Select your team base on qualification and with good virtue. God be with you.

    3. Why did Duterte won? 2 reasons, the perfect timing of his candidacy. The plan was made by the Duterte political camp where he said that he will not run and almost 1 month to the election he change his mind. Liberal party did not have enough time to destroy Duterte character. If theLiberal party had the time, Duterte will be destroyed. Duterte has a lot of character flaws. Second and the most decisive, it is the fault of the Liberal party machinery for attacking Duterte too late in the game. Liberals attacked the ever popular Binay via senate hearing. Binay got destroyed. Next , liberal attacked Poe who was then the fronrunner via cases filed for her citizen and residency . Comelec disqualified her but the Supreme Court reversed the decision but ii was too late. Poe supporters got disillusioned and started joining Dutetes camp. When it was Duterte time to be attacked, it was too late, only 2 weeks to go. Dutertes camp even stop the airing of an ad with the children interviewed. I think it was a game changer but the court stop the airing of the ads. This is the summary of the tactics employed by the Liberal party and the Dutertes camp. Cayetano Wes very effective but I loss my trust in him. I will never vote for Cayetano ever and forever.

    4. Estela Kalaw on

      I hope he will be a good leader to The Republic of the Phillippines :
      – Saying what he do
      – Doing what he say
      – To stop corruptions

    5. To all Pinoys, Unite!! Help one another and stop being “fragmented” Be the glory of God be with us all!

    6. Congratulation President Duderte I wish u will clean our Judiciary esprcially in the the Supreme Court. Impeach this 9 SC justices that bastards our constitution. Kindly give priority to impeach and replace these 9 SC Justices these are all appointed by abnoy. PLEASE impeach these 9 SC justices snd majority of our people will be very as this is one of your program to eliminate vorruption.

    7. Caleb Abraham on

      We are very much excited here in Jeddah Saudi Arabia to see the implementaion of change…. God bless Philippines. Caleb Abraham

    8. salamat sa Dios sa pagkakataong ito na binigay niya sa atin na muling mag samasama ang lahat ng Pilipino under one FLAG….at magkaroon ng desiplina sa sarile pangalawa matuto sana tayo na tumanggap ng ating pagkakamali…at sa mga pari at obispo naman po matuto rin po sana kayong magpatawad sa kapwa ng kayo rin ay patawarin ng Amang makapangyarihan sa langit…una po ay tingnan niyo muna ang troso sa inyong mga mata bago ninyo tingnan ang alikabok sa mata ng inyong kapwa..dahil mas malupit pa kayong humusga kaysa sa panginoon.. May God bless us all..

    9. Start true government for the people and for the people. Election is over and start now your job mr. President. VP still in protest, because of clear cheating by the administration against our BBM. BBM will win. God will not let the evil yellow tards to win. GOD SAVE PHILIPPINES..

    10. Run the country the way you ran Davao City. Hang the corrupt government officials from the tallest tree!!!!!!!!

      Juan Dela Cruz

    11. King Duterte will clean all the mess,the big mess will be the commission on election…….Will the old Name Manila International Airport come back from the grave…..The NAIA has a rotten name and rotten reputation……..

    12. Poor Jojo Jeojemar Binay lost and back to square one Makati. He lost his battle to win the presidency due to widespread Corruption charges that he failed to address and turn his back to the issues and Corruption issues grown stronger like the Goliath magnitude too big to put the burning fire down that charred his reputations. Time has significantly changed it’s not like the time of the elder Marcos, Erap, GMA & etc. where you just face the public with a thick shinned charcoal colored face. Today when you got the trademark label it’s stick so hard into your reputation and it spread fast like cancer that it will eat you alive. Very well Nog-Nog, there still Makati that you can socks dry as usual. LMAO!

    13. Peri Resabal on

      I am concerned who Duterte’s DENR Secretary will be. Paje is one of the ‘silent’ corrupt operator under the Pnoy government. Likewise, I would like to see the separation of the DENR into two Departments. The Department of Environment and the Department of Natural Resources. Right now, being a Secretary of both makes it very ‘awkward’ to make decisions without sacrificing either the environment or natural resources issue.

      • with political will and i think the new president has lot of it, this corrupt agency will be cleansed from thieves and corrupt officials

      • emmanuel mallari jr on

        yan din ang aabangan ko how will president-elect rody duterte clean up BOC? may mga padrino ang mga nakaupo dyan….from senators to congressmen and military men….ika nga nakasandal sa pader ang mga yan. if du30 is true to his words…magkakahiyaan ang mga yan and whoever blinks first loses.

    14. Jose Samilin on

      Congratulation Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, you would be our 16th President-elect of the Republic of the Philippines. May God bless the Philippines and us all Filipinos wherever we maybe. As the Lord chose you to lead the country and the people of the Philippines, He will not leave you but will guide all the time, trust the Lord, God through our Lord Jesus Christ.