outbrain
Close  

Duterte defends Cabinet from ‘KKK’ tag

/ 12:07 AM June 01, 2016
Presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

DAVAO CITY – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said his choices for his Cabinet are people of “integrity” and were not merely  handpicked from his circle of peers.

In his first press conference as recently proclaimed president-elect held at the presidential guest house in Barangay Panacan, Duterte defended his official family from criticism that this was his version of “kaibigan, kaklase, ka-probinsya.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Critics said Duterte appointed to the Cabinet his close peers, classmates and officials in Davao City where he served as mayor for over two decades.

Coming to their defense, the incoming President said his classmates he appointed to the Cabinet were all “valedictorians.”

FEATURED STORIES

“A Cabinet member is an alter ego of the president. So he must be one whom I trust, whom I’m confident that I could work well,” Duterte said.

“Sinasabi nila, kababayan, kasama, kabarkada. No, they are not, hindi ko kabarkada. Why? Probinsyano ako. Ang sphere of comfort is in Davao City… I can only pick the membership of the Cabinet from a small area,” he added.

Duterte said there was no selection committee and the members of the Cabinet he presented on Tuesday were handpicked by him.

“I assure you that these are all men of integrity,” Duterte said.

Duterte earlier drew criticisms for choosing Cabinet members whom he had a debt of gratitude (“utang na loob”) and shutting  Vice President-elect Leni Robredo out of his official family.

In the press conference, Duterte said there was no “compelling reason” for him to give Robredo a Cabinet post, because he does not want to offend his friend Sen. Bongbong Marcos, who lost in the vice presidential race to Robredo.

Robredo had wanted a post in the National Anti-Poverty Commission or the Department of Social Welfare and Development to streamline the anti-poverty efforts of government.

ADVERTISEMENT

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Duterte cabinet, ka-probinsya, kaibigan, kaklase, KKK, Nation, news, Rodrigo Duterte
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.