Former AFP chief Cimatu joins Cabinet

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2017 07:21 PM | Updated as of Apr 24 2017 10:40 AM

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday introduced the newest member of his Cabinet, former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff and retired general Roy Cimatu.

Duterte made the announcement during the opening ceremony of the Palarong Pambansa 2017 in Antique.

"The other members of the Cabinet is really Secretary Roy Cimatu. Matagal ng taga-Davao ‘yan," he said.

"Cabinet na siya ngayon eh. But this time I’d transfer him to a busier job," he added. 

In a message, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Cimatu's Cabinet post is special envoy for OFW refugees.

Cimatu served as chief of staff of the military in 2002.

During his visit to the Middle East, Duterte told the Filipino community in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia that he is already talking to Cimatu about a Cabinet post.

-- with a report from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News