MANILA - Cabinet Secretary Leoncio "Jun" Evasco Jr. on Thursday dismissed reports that he would run for governor in his home province of Bohol in the 2019 midterm elections.
Asked by ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of the 25th Galing Pook Awards on Thursday, Evasco told reporters he had no plans yet of returning to local politics.
"Hindi totoo yan," he said.
(That's not true.)
Evasco was a three-term mayor of Maribojoc town before he joined Duterte's Cabinet.
Asked if there was a clamor among his constituents to return, he answered: "Wala pa naman." (None yet.)
However, when asked if he would stay on in the Cabinet, he answered: "Maybe, maybe."
Evasco was among the cabinet members name-dropped by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar in an interview with DZMM on Saturday as those who could possibly run for elected office in the midterms.
Evasco presented the awards to the outstanding local government units along with Vice President Leni Robredo.
Evasco also noted the involvement of more local governments in programs that earn the recognition of Galing Pook.
"I think a lot of LGUs are excelling in good governance, especially in establishing order in their communities. Because by doing so, you invite investors. LGUs are so active in the protection of our environment and the seas, in the protection of children, the alleviation of people in distress situations," he said.
Meanwhile, Evasco said his interaction during the event with Robredo was cordial.
"Just greetings, usual greetings, because we've been friends," he said.
Evasco had become the means for Robredo to learn of Duterte's order for her to desist from attending Cabinet meetings in 2016 before she resigned from the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
Evasco then replaced her as chairman of the HUDCC before it was returned to the supervision of the Office of the President in 2018.
However, he said, they were not able to discuss his work at the HUDCC.
"Not much, because the schedule was so tight. There was not much opportunity to discuss."