Palace downplays FVR barb on 'disorganized' Duterte Cabinet

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Posted at Nov 30 2016 12:25 PM

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting being held at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace. The agenda focuses on disaster risk reduction and management status of the country. Malacanang News and Information Bureau

CAN'T WORK TOGETHER? A Palace official on Wednesday disputed former President Fidel V. Ramos' statement that President Rodrigo Duterte has a disorganized Cabinet that must get its act together.

Ramos, in a Tuesday forum with the Inquirer Group, called out the current administration for having highly qualified officials who cannot work together.

For Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Michel Kristian Ablan, social media may be hyping the inner workings of the Duterte administration.

"Twenty years ago, there is no such thing as social media so what may be glaring [for] us today is not as glaring as that 20 years ago," Ablan told Palace reporters.

Ramos earlier chided Duterte anew for skipping important international events, such as the gala dinner and photo shoot of world leaders at the 24th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Peru.

"[There should be] No excuses, I will be there. I do not have jetlag, I don't have a bad back," the former president said.

He also called out the administration for having highly qualified officials who cannot work together.

"They are not yet organized or fortified... this is probably the reason why we have been declining," he said, specifically citing the lack of sectoral representatives in the most recent Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council meeting.