British visitor UK Ambassador Laure Beaufils talks to President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. during a visit to his headquarters. Photo of the BBM Camp
(UPDATE) FIVE more names have been added to President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr’s list of potential cabinet members.
The five are former Congresswoman Maria Zenaida Angping leading the presidential leadership team; Mayor Christina Frasco as Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism; Amenah Pangandaman as head of the Department of Budget and Management; Ivan John Enrile Uy as Secretary of the Department of Information, Communications and Technology; and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo as Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Designated publicist Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles unveiled the new appointments on Monday.
Angping is a three-term representative of Manila’s Third District, while Frasco is the mayor of Liloan City in Cebu.
Frasco, the daughter of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn “Gwen” Garcia, is currently the spokeswoman for Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Pangandaman had served as Under Secretary for Budget and Management.
Uy is an expert in computer forensics, cybercrime, electronic evidence, e-commerce and digital ethics. His last stint in government was as chairman of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology under the Aquino administration.
Cruz-Angeles said Marcos chose Tulfo because of its reputation “for helping Filipinos at home and abroad.”
All five accepted their nominations, she said.
They bring the number of Cabinet appointments to 18.
Already named are Vice President-Elect Sara Duterte-Carpio (Education), Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos (Domestic and Local Government), Victor “Vic” Rodriguez (Executive Secretary), Susan Ople (Migrant Workers), Representative Jesus Crispin” Boying ” Remulla (Justice), Bienvenido Laguesma (Labour and Employment), Arsenio Balisacan (National Economy and Development Authority), Benjamin Diokno (Finance), Felipe Medalla (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), Alfred Pascual (Trade and Industry ), Manny Bonoan (Public Works and Highways), Anton Lagdameo (Special Assistant to the President) and Cruz-Angeles.
Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Monday welcomed Pangandaman’s appointment as budget chief and said he looked forward to working with Pangandaman to discuss the proposed national budget of 5.2 trillion pesos for 2023.
The senator said Pangandaman was the chief of staff for his father, Senate President Edgardo Angara.
“Given her long experience in both the legislature and the executive branch, we look forward to working with Mina. [Pangandaman] once again as we consider the 2023 national budget later this year,” he said in a statement.
Angara also said he would be able to work with Pangandaman, who worked with returning Senator Lorna Regina “Loren” Legarda when she was chair of the Senate Finance Committee.
“With his stint in the Senate, the Department of Budget and Management and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, we can be assured that the coordination between the two branches of government will be smooth,” Angara said.
WITH BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO