The Incoming Official Family of The President-In-Waiting
This is surely preliminary.
Highly placed sources are revealing this still incomplete but close to the final make up of the next President’s official family.
It is a mix of seasoned executives with previous cabinet-level portfolio slots and newcomers armed with valued friendly-cum-professional ties with Senator Noynoy Aquino.
Notable in this list are suck posts as foreign affairs and justice secretaries, the heads for the revenue-generating agencies and those that handle mutual funds.
I am thinking this early ‘leak’ serves that purpose of trial balloons to gauge the prospective cabinet members’ acceptability.
Expect both salutary reactions and brickbats being thrown in their direction.
Officially the Aquino search committee for these and lower level selections is headed by former civil service commission chair Karina David.
But it has also been reported that the Aquino sisters Ballsy and Viel arr helping vet the long list of applicants for the obvious reason of affirming their personal closeness and loyalty to their brother.
This is entirely understandable.
But certainly some of the criticisms will be well-intentioned.
Here’s the working list:
2.PAGCOR chair – Bong Naguiat;
3.Pete Prado – DOTC;
4.Dinky Soliman DSWD;
5.Bobby De Ocampo – DOF;
6.Popoy Juico – DAR;
7.Jojo Ochoa – Exec Secretary;
8.Rene Almendras – DPWH;
9.Cesar Purisima – DTI;
10.Arben Santos – Customs;
11.Eddie Gana – GSIS;
12.Jun Simon DILG;
13.Cesar Sarino – SSS;
14.Atty. Avelino Cruz – DOJ;
15.Johnny Santos – DOE;
16.Sonny Dominguez – DA;
17.Butch Abad – DepEd;
18.Ramon Del Rosario – Foreign Affairs
More to come.