June 7, 2012
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang confirmed Thursday that Senators Panfilo Lacson and Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan will soon be joining President Aquino’s Cabinet.
Asked if the appointments are already sure, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda nodded and said: “They have been very supportive of the bills of the President sa Senado so we certainly welcome them.”
Lacierda said he has yet to speak to the President about which positions the 2 senators will take over after their terms expire next year.
Asked if Pangilinan will be appointed as agriculture secretary vice Proceso Alcala, he said: “Hindi pa napag-uusapan yun.”
He refused to say if Lacson will be appointed Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary but confirmed that DILG chief Jesse Robredo has not been confirmed yet.
“I will not divine the thoughts of the President until he has spoken. We have not discussed that yet, actually,” he said in an ANC interview.
He also said Malacañang will not compel appointees to sign waivers opening their bank accounts to scrutiny. He said public officials already sign waivers in their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs).
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