Incoming President Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte has offered two cabinet positions to former cabinet members during the administration of then-President Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada. This was revealed by Duterte himself this Saturday, May 28 to the media in Davao City, as part of his shaping up plan for his incoming administration.
According to Duterte, he offered the post at the Department of Education (DepEd) to Leonor Briones, whom he said will make a final decision this Tuesday, May 31 as to whether she will accept the offer or not. He added that he asked Benjamin Diokno to return to his post as Department of Budget and Management (DBM) secretary.
Briones, a Professor Emeritus of Public Administration at the National College of Public Administration & Governance (NCPAG) of the University of the Philippines Diliman, is best known for being the National Treasurer during the Erap administration. The rank of Professor Emeritus is given to retired professors who have great contributions to the university.
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“She is quite familiar with the problem we are facing with the implementation of K to 12. There will be a lot of students that will be marginalized or would not be able to enroll and a good number of teachers also who have lost their positions. That’s a problem.” Duterte said of Briones, who is also the lead convener of Social Watch Philippines.
On the other hand, Diokno was the Undersecretary for Budget Operations at the Department of Budget and Management during the administration of President Corazon ‘Cory’ Aquino before Erap appointed him to be the DBM secretary. He and Leonor Briones are being considered to be among the finest cabinet members of Erap that time.
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Last week, Duterte announced that he offered Peter Laurel to be the DepEd secretary but the latter declined. Laurel, who is the grandson of late President Jose Laurel and the son of former senator Sotero Laurel, is the former vice governor of Batangas and the current president of the Lyceum of the Philippines Batangas and Laguna.