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Duterte rules out Cabinet post for GMA: She can’t be working under a President

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Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo may be an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, but appointing her to a Cabinet post is the farthest thing from his mind.

In a press briefing with Filipino reporters in Myanmar Sunday (March 20), Duterte said he doubts Arroyo will even accept an offer to join his Cabinet.

“She cannot be working under a President when she was already a president. That will be quite a tall order for her to do that,” the President explained.

Duterte said being the congressional representative of Pampanga’s second district is “somehow acceptable to everybody” compared to being a Cabinet official since she is answerable to her constituents.

“But yung magtrabaho siya Executive department under my direction and control, I said that’s a very tall order for her. So I will answer the questions for her also, including mine. Ibig sabihin, hindi tayo darating pa sa panahon na ‘yan,” he said.

The question on Arroyo’s possible appointment to the Cabinet arose after she was removed as Deputy Speaker in the House of Representatives for voting against the passage of the death penalty bill.

Asked if he will consider appointing Arroyo instead to lead the constitutional commission in the House for the amendment of the 1987 Charter, Duterte said: “Maybe. Maybe. Maybe, baka ayaw rin niya eh.”