New Cabinet members sworn in


The members of the Duterte Cabinet took their oath of office on Thursday before their boss, President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte administered their oath of office after delivering his inauguration speech. He later met his official family for the first time in Malacañang.

The President ordered his officials to shun special treatment when flying.

“I want this stopped. We should not be treated different from the other suffering Filipino passengers,” he said.

Duterte said some flights, especially at night, risk getting delayed or canceled if aircraft carrying government officials were to be given priority.

“Just advise the CAAP [Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines] that anyone of us [given the priority to take off should be thankful]but we should also follow everyone’s travails, [let us fall in line just like everybody else],” he added.

The President said he will take “ordinary” flights when shuttling between Davao City and Manila.

“Ako naman [As for myself], not because of anything pero ayaw kong mag-paimportante ng ganun [but I don’t want to make myself important]. We should treat ourselves just like any other Filipino traveling,” Duterte added.

“Wala naman tayong eroplano [I don’t have an airplane] but I plan to take… ordinary commercial flights. But not now because everybody is offering the use of their airplanes,” he added.

Duterte has reportedly accepted the offer of Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder and Davao native Apollo Quiboloy for him to use his own private jet.

During the campaign period, the President said he did not want to sleep in Malacañang, the traditional residence of Philippine Presidents.

The President also gave instructions to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman Ricardo Jalad on the positioning of relief goods during a typhoon.

“The resources must be on deck, positioned nearby. If you can draw the path of the typhoon and deploy the assets of government, basta ang tubig na malinis pati pagkain na walang cooking cooking dyan [clean water and food that need not be cooked].”

Present during Thursday’s ceremony at the Palace were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea; Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco; Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar; Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella; President/Presidential Management Staff chief Christopher “Bong” Go; Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo Jr.; Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza; National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.;
Secretaries Perfecto Yasay Jr. (Foreign Affairs); Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez 3rd (Finance); Rafael Mariano (Agrarian Reform); Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol (Agriculture); Benjamin Diokno (Budget); Leonor Briones (Education); Alfonso Cusi (Energy); Regina “Gina” Lopez (Environment); Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial (Health); Rodolfo Salalima (Information and Communications Technology); Ismael Sueño (Interior and Local Government); Silvestre “Bebot” Bello 3rd (Labor); Delfin Lorenzana (Defense); Mark Villar (Public Works); Fortunato de la Peña (Science and Technology);
Judy Taguiwalo (Social Welfare and Development); Wanda Corazon Teo (Tourism); Ramon Lopez (Trade and Industry); Arthur Tugade (Transportation and Communications); and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Diño.


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