MANILA - President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will not be appointing Vice President-elect Leni Robredo to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) as recommended by his economic planning chief.
In a press conference in Davao City on Thursday night, the outgoing Davao City mayor said he will be appointing a nominee of the National Democratic Front (NDF) to the coordinating body.
"I'll give it to the Left," he said, when asked about incoming National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief Ernesto Pernia's suggestion that Robredo be appointed to the NAPC.
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The NAPC is chaired by the President but is managed by a lead convenor.
Duterte said the left has submitted names of individuals who can lead the NAPC, adding that he "wants to give it to a woman."
President Benigno Aquino III also appointed a leftist, Joel Rocamora, as lead convenor of the NAPC.
On Thursday, Pernia, a professor at the University of the Philippines, said he believes Robredo, a graduate of the UP School of Economics, is most suitable for the position.
"I think the most suitable [post for Robredo] might be the NAPC, National Anti-Poverty Commission. It's still open. I've already suggested that to Sonny Dominguez, who is very close to Duterte," he said on ANC's Headstart on Thursday.
Duterte earlier said he has no Cabinet post to offer Robredo yet because he does not want to hurt the feelings of his friend and political ally, Senator Bongbong Marcos.
"There is no law which is a compelling reason for her to be a member of the Cabinet," said Duterte.
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Robredo won over Marcos in the vice-presidential race by a small margin of 263,473 votes, and Marcos has threatened to pursue legal action after his loss.
Robredo, for her part, has said she will take an active role in public service as the vice-president, with or without the Cabinet appointment.
The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), which took effect in June 1998, seeks to strengthen the partnerships between the national government and basic sectors such as farmers and fishermen.
It acts as the "coordinating and advisory body" that "exercises oversight functions in implementing the Social Reform Agenda" and ensures that it is "incorporated into the formulation of national, regional, sub-regional and local development plans."