MANILA - Malacañang on Tuesday called on the public to respect the choices of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for his official family.
Duterte said on Sunday he had not decided yet on a Cabinet position for Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, the running mate of his rival, administration bet Mar Roxas.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said it is Duterte's right to appoint whom he wishes in his Cabinet, and his choices must be respected.
"Karapatan ni President-elect Duterte na piliin ang mga bubuo ng kanyang Gabinete at igalang natin ang pasya niya, kabilang na hinggil kay VP-elect Robredo," the Palace spokesperson said in a text message.
Robredo said on Monday that she respects Duterte's decision to appoint his closest allies to the Cabinet.
"Naiintindihan natin kasi prerogative naman niya kung sino iyung ia-appoint niya sa Gabinete. Siyempre, kahit sinong Presidente, i-a-appoint niya iyung buo, iyung kanyang tiwala, buo ang kanyang paniniwala sa kakayahan nito," Robredo said.
She stressed that Duterte is not obliged to give her a post in the Cabinet, nor is she entitled to one. But, she maintained that she is ready for any appointment Duterte may give.
"Handa naman tayo kung bibigyan, hindi bibigyan, ano iyung ibibigay. From the very start naman, naiintindihan natin na wala naman akong karapatan mag-demand ng anything, wala nga akong karapatang mag-expect ng anything," she said.
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Although not required by law, it has been the tradition for Presidents to give the Vice-President a Cabinet position.
Former President Corazon Aquino appointed Vice President Salvador Laurel to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Meanwhile, former President Fidel Ramos appointed then Vice President Joseph Estrada as 'anti-crime czar' by naming him chairman of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission.
When Estrada was elected as president in 1998, he appointed then Vice President Gloria Arroyo as Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development.
In 2001, Arroyo was catapulted to power by way of military-backed civilian revolt against President Estrada. She appointed Senator Teofisto Guingona Jr. as her Vice President and Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Guingona did not seek another term through elections and was succeeded by then-Senator Noli de Castro.
Outgoing President Benigno Aquino appointed outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers' (OFW) Concerns.
Binay quit Aquino's Cabinet in June 2015 before formalizing his bid for the presidency.