Hugot alert! Tug-of-war between Medialdea, Bong Go, Evasco heats up over appointments
The battle for power and dominance between three of President Rodrigo Duterte’s most trusted officials continues to heat up as they each seek to place their people in plum government posts.
Politiko has learned that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco and Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go are racing against one another to ensure their men and women are appointed by Duterte as undersecretaries and assistant secretaries in various departments.
But make no mistake about it, theirs is no friendly fight.
Medialdea, Evasco and Go pull out all stops to make sure it is the appointment papers of their people– and not the competition’s– that lands on Duterte’s desk for signing.
The competition between these three officials are so intense that they have resorted to lifting the papers placed by the other on the President’s desk so it is their document that gets to be reviewed.
While there’s no doubt about Go’s power since he holds Duterte’s phone, Medialdea and Evasco also have unrestricted access to him and can easily pull him aside to lobby for an appointment.
The tug-of-war has resulted in several vacancies remaining unfilled as there’s a delay in the arrival of papers on Duterte’s table– depending on who’s submitting the documents.