Marcos reappoints bypassed Cabinet members

Marcos reappoints bypassed Cabinet members

By Liezelle Soriano

MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has administered the oath of Cabinet members who have recently been bypassed by the Commission on Appointments (CA).

Included those who took their oath are the following:

Benjamin Estoista Diokno – Secretary of the Department of Finance
Manuel Manligas Bonoan – Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways
Alfredo Espinosa Pascual – Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry
Erwin Teshiba Tulfo – Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development
Jaime Jimenez Bautista – Secretary of the Department of Transportation
Renato Umali Solidum Jr. – Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology
Raphael Perpetuo Mercado Lotilla – Secretary of the Department of Energy
Maria Susana Vasquez Ople – Secretary of the Department of Migrant Workers
Arsenio Molina Balisacan – Secretary of the National Economic Development Authority
Jose Rizalino Larion Acuzar – Secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development

They were among 15 Marcos appointees who were disregarded by the CA last week as a result of a “lack of material time” before Congress closed its session.

On Tuesday morning, the former Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin also took an oath to serve as Marcos Jr.’s executive secretary, according to the Office of the Press Secretary. (ai/mtvn)

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