Duterte: His Cabinet are people with INTERGRITY

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Yesterday (31 May 2016), President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said that his choices for his Cabinet are people with honesty and integrity. In his first press conference as proclaimed President held in Brgy. Panacan (Presidential guest house), he defend his official family from criticism of "kaibigan, ka-klase, ka-probinsya" (KKK) as critics said that Duterte appointed to the Cabinet are his KKK in Davao City. Duterte defend his classmates that he appointed as they were all valedictorians in their class.

“A Cabinet member is an alter ego of the president. So he must be one whom I trust, whom I’m confident that I could work well,” Duterte said.

“Sinasabi nila, kababayan, kasama, kabarkada. No, they are not, hindi ko kabarkada. Why? Probinsyano ako. Ang sphere of comfort is in Davao City… I can only pick the membership of the Cabinet from a small area,” he added.

“I assure you that these are all men of integrity,” Duterte said.

Duterte earlier drew criticisms for choosing Cabinet members whom he had a debt of gratitude (“utang na loob”) and shutting  Vice President-elect Leni Robredo out of his official family.

In the press conference, Duterte said there was no “compelling reason” for him to give Robredo a Cabinet post, because he does not want to offend his friend Sen. Bongbong Marcos, who lost in the vice presidential race to Robredo.

While Vice President-elect Leni Robredo had wanted a post in the National Anti-Poverty Commission or the Department of Social Welfare and Development to focus in the anti-poverty efforts of government.

Source: Inquirer.net

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