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INCOMING DUTERTE CABINET HOLDS FIRST MEETING


Some members of the incoming Duterte Cabinet meet in Metro Manila on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Photo from Roldan Gorgonio Facebook account who tagged incoming Nat'l Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. Photo supplied.


DAVAO CITY - Prospective Cabinet appointees of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said they had an informal gathering on Wednesday night, May 25, in Metro Manila.

Photos of the get-together posted by Roldan Gorgonio on Facebook showed key members of Duterte's incoming Cabinet gathered around a conference table.

The meeting was held at the World Corporate Center on Shaw Boulevard.
Gorgonio said that those in attendance were:

Vitaliano Aguirre II - Prospective Justice Secretary
Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr - Prospective Cabinet Secretary
Salvador Meldialdea - Prospective Executive Secretary
Ronald M. Dela Rosa - Prospective Philippine National Police chief
Art Tugade - Prospective Transportation Secretary
Hermogenes Esperon Jr - Prospective National Security Adviser
Sonny Dominguez - Prospective Finance Secretary
Manny Piñol - Prospective Agriculture Secretary
Andrea Domingo - Prospective PAGCOR chief
Ernesto Pernia - Prospective National Economic and Development Authority chief
Alfonso Cusi - Prospective Energy Secretary
Jose Calida - Prospective Solicitor General
Perfecto Yasay Jr - Prospective Foreign Secretary
Salvador Panelo - Temporary spokesman
Bebot Bello - Prospective Labor Secretary
Mark Villar - Prospective Public Works Secretary
Ricardo Visaya - Prospective Armed Forces of the Philippines chief

Also in the photos are real estate tycoon Manny Villar, president of the Nacionalista Party and father of Mark Villar.

The elder Villar, in fact, owns the building where the meeting was held.
Simple dinner.

Piñol described the gathering as a "getting-to-know-you meeting."

"Nothing substantial. We exchanged phone numbers for connectivity and had our self-service lunch of monggo and fried fish," he told Rappler.

Asked about his impression of his fellow incoming Cabinet members, some of whom he met formally for the first time, Piñol said: "Everybody seems eager to work. We're all aware of the very high expectations of the people."

Esperon described the meeting the same way, saying they had a very simple dinner. Asked about his impression of the other Cabinet members, he said, "Most have their wits intact."

Duterte was in Davao City at the time of the meeting.

The past few days, he had been releasing names of people he wanted in his Cabinet.

There have been mixed reactions to his appointments. Some have raised their eyebrows at possible conflicts of interest in the appointments of Villar and Panelo. Others have chosen to give Duterte and his appointees the benefit of the doubt. The New Ranao Star

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