Bello set to leave DOLE, eyes senatorial bid


Posted at Feb 02 2018 03:53 PM | Updated as of Feb 02 2018 04:12 PM

Silvestre Bello III with Members of the House of Representatives gather as they attend the State of the Nation address by President Duterte, July 24, 2017.File Photo/Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Labor Chief Silvestre Bello III is set to leave his department, President Rodrigo Duterte has announced.

Duterte made the revelation in a speech before Lumad groups in Davao City on Thursday.

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The President said Bello's decision to step down as head of the Department of Labor and Employment is in preparation for the latter's plans to run as a senator in 2019.

Aside from serving as head of the labor department, Bello is also the government's chief negotiator in peace talks with Communist rebels.

-report from Dexter Ganibe, ABS-CBN News