The Duterte Cabinet: All the President's men


Posted at May 22 2016 03:13 PM | Updated as of Jun 29 2016 08:53 PM

(UPDATED as of June 28, 2016) The Philippines' first septuagenarian president, Rodrigo Duterte, has nearly completed his incoming administration, drawing from his kababayans in the south, his classmates from San Beda College of Law, and friends who actively supported him in his presidential campaign.

As of June 21, 2016, majority of his would-be appointees to executive branch offices (excluding the PNP and AFP) are senior citizens. Only a few are below 60.

It's also a predominantly male Cabinet, with only a handful of women having been named so far.

Here is a preliminary list of appointees who will help the nocturnal 71-year-old outgoing Davao City mayor deliver his promise to wipe out crime and corruption.

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Secretary to the Cabinet

Leoncio 'Jun' Evasco, Jr. - This three-term mayor of the town of Maribojoc, Bohol (2007-2016) was a rebel priest during the Marcos dictatorship. Evasco, 72, was campaign manager of Duterte and was initially offered the post of Department of Interior and Local Government, which he turned down. Evasco started working for Duterte in Davao City in 1989. He served as his chief of staff from 1998 to 2004 and was Officer-in-Charge of the Davao City Engineer's Office from 2004 to 2007. Evasco took up Philosophy and Theology at the Seminario Mayor de San Carlos in Cebu City and had his graduate studies at the Ateneo de Davao University.

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Solicitor General

Jose Calida - This lawyer from Davao del Sur was Department of Justice undersecretary during the Arroyo administration. He was a candidate for Ombudsman in 2011. He helped manage Duterte's presidential campaign, and once described him as a "mayor who can make things happen."

FULL STORY: Duterte picks Calida for SolGen post

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Department of Justice

Vitaliano Aguirre II - This San Beda College of Law classmate of Duterte has handled high-profile cases, including being counsel of Hubert Webb in the Vizconde massacre case. Aguirre, 69, was also a private prosecutor in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, where he once earned the ire of Senator-judge Miriam Santiago for covering his ears while she was speaking.

FULL STORY: Duterte picks Vitaliano Aguirre as justice secretary

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Department of Energy

Alfonso Cusi - Cusi served in various capacities during the Arroyo administration. He was general manager of the Philippine Ports Authority, and head of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). After he was eased out of the CAAP under the Aquino government, he returned to Starlite Ferries Inc., which has Ro-Ro operations in the Batangas-Calapan, Mindoro and Roxas-Caticlan routes. He is also a former executive of Aboitiz Shipping.

FULL STORY: Duterte chooses ex-MIAA head as energy chief

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Department of Finance

Carlos Dominguez -- Duterte describes his incoming finance secretary and captain of his economic team as a neighbor and boyhood chum. The 70-year-old owner of the swank Marco Polo Hotel served as agriculture secretary to former president Corazon Aquino.

FULL STORY: Dominguez declines, then accepts Finance portfolio

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Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Jesus Dureza -- As peace adviser, Dureza is returning to his old post under former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The high school classmate of the incoming president has also served as Arroyo's press secretary. The 68-year-old is tasked with salvaging a fragile peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which failed to pass in Congress under Aquino.

FULL STORY: Foes turned allies, old pals help Duterte build new gov't

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Department of Public Works and Highways

Mark Villar -- The appointment of the son of real estate tycoon and former senate president Manuel Villar as public works secretary seals a new-found alliance between Duterte's PDP-Laban and the Villar's Nacionalista Party. The reelected Las Piñas representative had worked in the family-owned Vista Land and Lifescapes. Recently married to fellow lawmaker Em Aglipay of Diwa party list, Villar, 37, is the youngest in the incoming cabinet.

FULL STORY: Villar son accepts public works portfolio

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Department of Foreign Affairs

Perfecto Yasay Jr. -- The incoming acting foreign affairs secretary is best known for linking an associate of former President Joseph Estrada to a stock price-fixing scandal in 1999, allegations that led to Estrada's ouster. The 69-year-old Yasay unsuccessfully ran for senator and vice president in past elections. He served as Securities and Exchange Commission chair during the Ramos and Estrada administration. Yasay (UP College of Law) and Duterte (San Beda College of Law) were roommates while they were studying law in different schools.

FULL STORY: Yasay accepts Duterte's offer to be DFA chief

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Presidential Legal Counsel

Salvador Panelo -- The ubiquitous lawyer who defended Duterte from Sen. Antonio Trillanes' allegations of hidden wealth during the homestretch of the campaign was initially named presidential spokesperson. Following criticisms over his appointment by media groups and a parking controversy in Greenhills, San Juan, it was announced that Panelo would instead be the chief presidential legal counsel. Panelo has also served as counsel for the the late Andal Ampatuan Sr. in the Maguindanao massacre case, and model Deniece Cornejo in the mauling of actor-TV host Vhong Navarro.

READ: Respect Duterte cabinet picks, spokesman tells critics

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Department of Labor and Employment/Gov't peace negotiator for CPP/NPA/NDF

Silvestre Bello III -- Bello, 72, returns to his old post as chief peace negotiator with communist rebels, this time with the task to restart talks that have been stalled for over a decade. He held several positions under the Arroyo government, including secretary to the Cabinet and adviser for new government centers. It is his first time to hold the labor and employment portfolio, which Duterte initially offered to the communist rebels.

READ: Duterte to grant amnesty to political prisoners: NDF

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Department of Transportation and Communications

Arthur Tugade -- Duterte is counting on his former law school classmate at San Beda College to run the transportation department, which he had chastised for alleged corruption and inefficiency. Tugade, 70, has also served as president of Clark Development Corp., overseeing the transformation of the former US military base.

FULL STORY: Duterte eyes former classmate as DOTC chief

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Executive Secretary

Salvador Medialdea -- The public first came to know the incoming executive secretary as the one who filed Duterte's certificate of candidacy for president in November last year, after months of dilly-dallying. The incoming "little president," 64, is an alumnus of the San Beda College of Law. He also served as former president Joseph Estrada's assistant for political affairs.

READ: Duterte won't keep Aquino secretaries

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Department of Agriculture

Emmanuel Piñol -- The veteran Mindanao politician and journalist was given the twin tasks of ensuring food security while curbing rice smuggling as agriculture secretary. Piñol, 62, recently declared that private sector rice imports will be disallowed under the new government.

READ: Duterte vows to stop rice smuggling: aide

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Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.

Andrea Domingo -- The former immigration commissioner is tasked with overseeing the gaming industry, which has come under worldwide scrutiny after $81 million stolen from Bangladesh found its way into Manila casinos. As immigration commissioner, Domingo, 66, said she deals with death threats by praying the rosary and changing her mobile number often.

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Philippine National Police chief

Chief Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa -- The burly, former city police chief of Davao goes by the apt nickname "bato" (rock). In a speech that hewed closely to his boss' profanity-laced campaign speeches, the incoming chief of the Philippine National Police said he would "bury" criminals.

READ: How Duterte's 'Rock' plans to crush crime

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Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff

Lieutenant General Ricardo Visaya -- The incoming chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was bypassed for the plum position under President Aquino. The Philippine Military Academy Matikas Class of 1983 alumnus has been tagged by left-wing groups for human rights violations under the military's "Bantay Laya" counter-insurgency road map. He will retire in December when he turns 56.

FULL STORY: Duterte eyeing Visaya as AFP chief

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Department of Interior and Local Government

Ismael "Mike" Sueno - Sueno is the national chairman and, at some point, interim president of PDP-Laban Party, President-elect Duterte's political party.

He is a former local government executive, having served as governor of South Cotabato.

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Department of National Defense

Delfin Lorenzana - A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Batch 1973, Lorenzana is a retired Army major general.

Said to be a U.S.-based classmate of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, Lorenzana was formerly special presidential representative and head of the Office of Veteran Affairs of the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. during the Arroyo administration.

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Department of Agrarian Reform

Rafael Mariano - Mariano represented marginalized workers and farmers in Congress as representative for Anakpawis party-list from 2004 to 2013.

Anakpawis is the electoral wing of two Leftist organizations: trade union movement Kilusang Mayo Uno and the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.

Mariano's post is one of the positions Duterte offered to the Reds as part of a more inclusive and participative governance.

FULL STORY: Mariano will 'be in a dilemma' in DAR: analyst

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Department of Education

Leonor Briones - A professor emeritus at UP Diliman's National College of Public Administration, Briones is no stranger to the Cabinet, having served as presidential adviser for social development.

Briones, a Harvard University alumna, is most notable for her stint as national treasurer during the Estrada administration. At present, she is lead convenor of Social Watch Philippines Inc.

FULL STORY: UP's Briones ready to head DepEd

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Department of Science and Technology

Fortunato Dela Peña - Dela Peña currently serves as DOST undersecretary, a position he has held since 2001.

Dela Pena earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of the Philippines.

He is a career official, holding the rank of Career Executive Service Officer I, the highest among CESO ranks.

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Department of Social Welfare and Development

Judy Taguiwalo - A former Faculty Regent of the University of the Philippines' Board of Regents, Taguiwalo currently serves as a full professor at UP's College of Social Work and Community Development.

A known activist during the Martial Law days, Taguiwalo was arrested twice and spent 3 years and 7 months in different military prisons.

She is the National Democratic Front's nominee to the DSWD post.

FULL STORY: Who are the Red nominees to Duterte's Cabinet?

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Department of Budget and Management

Benjamin Diokno - Diokno is no stranger to DBM, having served as its undersecretary during the Corazon Aquino administration.

He returns to DBM as its secretary, the same position he held during the Estrada administration.

At present, Diokno is a professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics.

FULL STORY: UP’s Briones to education dept, Diokno to budget

Bureau of Customs

Nicanor Faeldon - Faeldon was brought to national significance when he and a group of junior officers, including now-Senator Antonio Trillanes, led the Oakwood mutiny in the Makati Business District on July 27, 2003, during the Arroyo administration.

He was jailed for two years and then escaped while being brought to a court hearing in Makati City. His notoriety grew when he, as a fugitive, posted pictures showing him inside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command headquarters in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and another set showing him inside the AFP Southern Command headquarters in Zamboanga City.

FULL STORY: Duterte appoints Faeldon to Customs

Bureau of Immigration

Jaime Morente - An alumnus of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Batch 1981, Morente is a former police director.

He served as the director of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Mindanao

Morente was also part of Duterte's security team during the campaign.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

Ricardo Jalad - Ricardo Jalad is a retired Army general and former acting commander of the 5th Infantry Division, which covers northeast Luzon.

Prior to that post, Jalad was the Army's commander of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, which covers the areas of Iligan City and Lanao del Norte.

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Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

Isidro Lapeña - A retired police director, Lapeña headed the Davao City Public Safety Command Center.

He is formerly a police director for operations, one of the 10 directorial staff positions in the PNP that oversees the day-to-day operations of all regional police offices and national support units nationwide.

FULL STORY: Duterte eyes close allies, ex-soldiers in Cabinet

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Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board

Martin Delgra - A Davao City-based lawyer, Delgra was part of Duterte's legal team during the elections.

He joined the law practice in 1988.

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Bureau of Internal Revenue

Cesar Dulay - Dulay, a lawyer, will soon take over the collection of taxes for the national coffers.

He is set to take the helm of the country's tax agency from BIR chief Kim Henares.

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Land Transportation Office

Edgar Galvante - Galvante is a retired police director-general. He is formerly the PNP's deputy chief for operations and director for the National Capital Region Police Office.

He serves as a permanent member at the Dangerous Drugs Board.

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National Bureau of Investigation

Dante Gierran - Gierran serves as an NBI regional director for the Davao region.

He is set to succeed current NBI director Virgilio Mendez.

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Department of Health

Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial is an incumbent assistant secretary at the Department of Health, where she heads the Office for Health Regulations.

READ: Next DOH chief eyes increase in health workers' salary

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Department of Tourism

Wanda Corazon Tulfo Teo, a Davao-based businesswoman, is the owner of Mt. Apo Travel and Tours. She is also president of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS).

READ: Duterte names DTI, DOT, DOH chiefs

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Department of Trade and Industry

Ramon Lopez is the executive director of Go Negosyo, the advocacy arm of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship. He is an executive of RFM Corp.

READ: Incoming trade chief says to divest from Concepcion group

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Presidential spokesperson

Ernesto Abella identifies himself as a social entrepreneur by profession. He worked mostly in the private sector where he sat as a former board member of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, Philippine Missions Association, and Koinonia Theological Seminary.

Unlike his peers in the Duterte Cabinet, Abella admitted that he does not have prior experience in working for the government.

He was kidnapped by bandits for 24 hours in 1996. According to him, Duterte was instrumental in his rescue after the Davao mayor called several Moro National Liberation Front commanders to “ensure that he will be preserved."

READ: Not Panelo's deputy: Meet Duterte's 2nd 'talking head'

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Presidential Communications Office chief

Prior to his appointment to the Presidential Communications Office, Martin Andanar was a news anchor and television host for media network TV5.

He earned his bachelor's degree in social and political studies from the University of Ballarat in Australia. He holds a Master in Entrepreneurship degree from the Asian Institute of Management.

READ: Andanar's challenge: Bring gov't media back to 'glory days'

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Department of Information and Communications Technology

Rodolfo Salalima, former chief legal counsel of Globe Telecom, will head the newly formed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). He will be the department's first secretary. Salalima is a magna cum laude graduate in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Laws cum laude graduate from Duterte's alma mater, San Beda College.

He brings with him over 40 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including being a member of the executive committee of the National ICT Advisory Council and president of the Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators, Inc. (PCTO) and as a board director of the Telecoms Infrastructure Corporation of the Philippines (TELICPHIL).

READ: Ex-Globe lawyer to head DICT


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Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Regina Paz 'Gina' Lopez is head of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. She is an anti-mining advocate and has spearheaded several ecotourism projects in Palawan to help indigenous people. Duterte considers the DENR post one of the most important in his Cabinet, as he seeks to end destructive mining in the Philippines.

Lopez served as managing director of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc., chairman emeritus of the Southeast Asian Foundation for Children’s Television and a trustee of Children’s Hour. She attended Assumption College and later took up liberal arts at the Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Massachusetts. 

READ: Gina Lopez accepts Duterte's DENR offer