MANILA, Philippines - Budget Secretary Florencio Abad doesn't think his daughter, Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Abad, will leave government soon.
Talks are rife that the younger Abad will leave government after her husband, an expatriate, was assigned by his company to work overseas.
This has fueled whispers that Abad will be replaced by Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras.
Asked about his daughter's possible departure, Secretary Abad said: “I don’t think that’s true. Though she’s my daughter, she has her own plans. They’re still going to be around. I don’t know if they’ll change their plans.”
On the matter of the Cabinet revamp, Abad said: “I leave it to the President to answer that. Officially, there are no movements yet.”
He also hinted his daughter may want some changes in her busy schedule after she gave birth recently.
“You have to ask her. There’s a new element in her life now. She’s a mother. She certainly wants a more predictable life. The work of supporting the president is a work that has no schedule. You’re on call. She may need some adjustments in her life. I don’t know if that includes adjustments in her work schedule.”
Reports about possible movements in the Cabinet were also fueled by President Aquino's statement that he wants Senators Panfilo Lacson and Francis Pangilinan in the Cabinet once their terms expire next year.