27 May What Does Duterte’s Cabinet Members had for Lunch? Monggo and Fried Fish
On Wednesday, May 25, some of the president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s cabinet appointees had an informal gathering in the World Corporate Center on Shaw Boulevard, Metro Manila owned by Real estate tycoon and Nacionalista Party president Manny Villar.
Duterte was in Davao City when the meeting took place.
Those who came into the gathering were:
- Vitaliano Aguirre II – Prospective Justice Secretary
- Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr – Prospective Cabinet Secretary
- Salvador Meldialdea – Prospective Executive Secretary
- Ronald M. Dela Rosa – Prospective Philippine National Police chief
- Art Tugade – Prospective Transportation Secretary
- Hermogenes Esperon Jr – Prospective National Security Adviser
- Sonny Dominguez – Prospective Finance Secretary
- Manny Piñol – Prospective Agriculture Secretary
- Andrea Domingo – Prospective PAGCOR chief
- Ernesto Pernia – Prospective National Economic and Development Authority chief
- Alfonso Cusi – Prospective Energy Secretary
- Jose Calida – Prospective Solicitor General
- Perfecto Yasay Jr – Prospective Foreign Secretary
- Salvador Panelo – Temporary spokesman
- Bebot Bello – Prospective Labor Secretary
- Mark Villar – Prospective Public Works Secretary
- Ricardo Visaya – Prospective Armed Forces of the Philippines chief
Piñol said that the gathering is a “Getting-to-know-you meeting. Nothing substantial. We exchanged phone numbers for connectivity and had our self-service lunch of monggo and fried fish”
He also added, “Everybody seems eager to work. We’re all aware of the very high expectations of the people.”
Some of the prospective members of the Duterte Cabinet that have been there had never met before.
The appointments did not go without any controversy from the netizens. The doubts came in when Villar and Panelo were included in the appointees, triggering a conflict of interest in the departments that they are assigned to.