Six months into his term, President Rodrigo Duterte does not see the need to replace any member of his Cabinet except Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. who will leave sometime in 2017 to continue teaching in the United States.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News’ Lynda Jumilla, Duterte denied any forthcoming changes in the composition of his Cabinet in the coming months aside from Senator Alan Peter Cayetano’s entry as Yasay’s replacement.
Yasay was a visiting law professor at the Richardson School of Law in the University of Hawaii before returning to the Philippines to become part of Duterte’s Cabinet.
So satisfied is the President with his Cabinet members that he doesn’t see former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. getting a post soon.
“Walang mapuntahan. He was mentioning ‘yung DTI (Department of Trade and Industry). But I mean, mahina akong maghintay sa kanya so mabakante. I mean he’s good. I assembled the best team so far. They’re all honest, hardworking,” he said.
In an interview with CNN Philippines a few hours earlier, however, Duterte said Marcos wanted to become Tourism Secretary but he cannot wait for the one-year ban on losing candidates to end because he had to “hit the ground running.”