Cabinet revamp looms

June 25, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte

AN assessment of all Cabinet members and bureau chiefs is ongoing as President Rodrigo Duterte considers a major revamp.

“Tinitignan niya (Presidente) ang performance ng lahat ng secretaries. Sa next three years, ‘yung acceptability sa kanya ng tao, gusto niya i-sustain ‘yun,” said a source who refused to be identified because of lack of authority to speak on the matter.

The same source said the President is considering a suggestion from Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez to transfer Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol to another post.

“Ang pinakaimportante kay Presidente ay ang Agriculture [department]. Ang inflation, largely because of agriculture [products]. Puwede siya (Piñol) sa Minda, bakante naman ‘yun,” the source said, referring to Mindanao Development Authority.

“Pero ‘di pa sigurado. Initial talks pa lang,” the source added.

Piñol was criticized over his response to the Recto Bank incident involving a Philippine fishing boat carrying 22 fishermen which was rammed by a suspected Chinese maritime militia vessel.

He also drew flak when the countryexperienced a rice shortage in 2018.
New PCSO chief

Meanwhile President Duterte has named Police Colonel Royina Garma, Cebu City’s first female police chief, as the next general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Duterte confirmed this to reporters in Mandaluyong City.

Garma succeeds former military official Alexander Balutan, who resigned in March amid corruption allegations. She has been in the police service for more than two decades.

Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo on March 8 said Balutan was fired by the President only to clarify three days later that the former PCSO official filed a resignation letter with the Office of the President which received it after the announcement on the firing was made.

Panelo said Balutan resigned “out of delicadeza” due to the corruption allegations.

With Jester P. Manalastas