Duterte’s 2022 list: Locsin confirms ‘friends in Cabinet’ to run for Senate
Some cabinet members are expected to join the senatorial race next year but the country's foreign chief is not one of them.

Duterte’s 2022 list: Locsin confirms ‘friends in Cabinet’ to run for Senate

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Some cabinet members are expected to join the senatorial race next year but the country’s foreign chief is not one of them.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin has refused President Duterte’s pitch to run for senator in the upcoming elections. He prefers to walk away from power after serving the Duterte government.

Locsin, a former presidential speechwriter, previously served as congressman of Makati City.

“Friends in Cabinet are running for the Senate; those I deeply admire,” he tweeted on Thursday, February 18.

“I already declined; telling the President I deem it an infinitely higher honor to walk away from power and position beside him in June 2022. No greater honor than to walk away from it all with such a president,” he said.

Locsin did not identify the Cabinet members eyeing to become members of the Senate.

In a Cabinet meeting early this month, the President reportedly identified nine Cabinet members who could be senatorial contenders next year.

The President’s list included 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.

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