President Rodrigo Duterte is so impressed by the performance of his Cabinet Secretaries that he wants them to run for senator in 2022.

Best, brightest for 2022? Duterte namedrops 9 Cabinet Secretaries as senatorial bets

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President Rodrigo Duterte is so impressed by the performance of his Cabinet Secretaries that he wants them to run for senator in 2022.

Two sources confirmed to Politiko that Duterte mentioned nine Cabinet Secretaries as potential senatorial candidates during Wednesday’s (February 3) Cabinet meeting.

The names mentioned by the President are: Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, and Presidential Peace Process Adviser and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez.

Asked if the President announced the names in jest, one source said Duterte “sounded serious.” Another source, however, said he was “medyo joking.”

Duterte’s confidence in the electoral chances of Cabinet Secretaries might be rooted in the victories of neophyte Senators Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, Francis Tolentino and Christopher “Bong” Go.

The three senators were high-ranking officials of the government before running in 2019. Dela Rosa was Duterte’s first Philippine National Police chief, while Tolentino was Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs from 2017 to 2018. Go, of course, was Duterte’s long-time trusted aide.

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Duterte explains reason for refusing to wear face mask: ‘Hindi ako holdaper’

By Prince Golez

“Hindi ako holdaper.”

President Rodrigo Duterte had this to say to critics who faulted him for rarely wearing a face mask.

“I’ve been criticized. Tama kayo na ito si Duterte nagsasalita, hindi naman sinusunod, tama kayo, na hindi naman nagma-mask, tama kayo,” Duterte said in his televised speech Wednesday.

Speaking with a mask on can be uncomfortable, according to the Chief Executive.

“Eh hindi ako holdaper na sanay magsalita nitong naka (face mask) kaya tinatanggal ko.

“I run the risk of baka ako madali rin, may vice president man, siya na ang susunod. Wala tayong magawa,” he furthered.

Duterte orders governors, mayors to distribute free face masks

By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday directed local chief executives to distribute free face masks among the poor to protect them against the coronavirus disease.

“I leave it to the governor, mayor, barangay captain. Yung mga tao na walang-wala talaga, hindi makabili (ng face mask). Ang iba nga walang pagkain, hindi makabili ng ulam,” Duterte said in his weekly public address.

The Chief Executive said he requires the provincial and local governments to give out free masks to their constituents.

“Kung ayaw niyong gawin niyan ako ang magdala sa lugar ninyo. I will go to the City Hall at ibigay ko yung (face masks).

“Ayaw mo magbili, ako ang magdeliver. Ibigay mo sa mga tao. Ayaw mo gumastos, ako ang gagstos. I hope that does not really happen,” he also said.

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