Teodoro, Laurel decline Cabinet posts in Duterte administration

In the past few days, incoming president Rodrigo Duterte has been choosing and appointing people to fill up posts in his Cabinet.

There are some who have already accepted the offer to join Duterte's cabinet but a lot have also declined, most notably Gilbert Teodoro and Peter Laurel. Teodoro declined the post of Secretary of Department of National Defense while Laurel did not take the offer to head the Department of Education.

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It's getting quite confusing as more and more names are being announced. So here's a list of cabinet positions which have been filled up so far:

Department of Agriculture _Emmanuel "Manny" Pinol
Department of Energy -Alfonso Cusi
Department of Finance- Carlos Dominguez III
Department of Foreign Affairs - Perfecto Yasay Jr
Department of Justice: Vitaliano Aguirre II
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-former Justice Secretary Silvestre Bello III
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Rep. Mark Villar
Department of Transportation and Communications - Arthur Tugade
Head of Presidential Security Group (PSG) -Chief Col. Rolando Bautista
Executive Secretary -Salvador Medialdea
National Economic and Development Authority(NEDA) Director General-Ernesto Pernia of UP School of Economics
National Security Adviser- former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr.
PAGCOR - Andrea Domingo
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process- Jesus Dureza
Press Secretary - Atty. Salvador Panelo
Secretary to the Cabinet- Bohol Mayor Leoncio "Jun" Evasco Jr. (who earlier declined the DILG post)
Solicitor General -Jose Calida

A controversial move by Duterte was when he offered cabinet positions to communists.  He has offered the left to lead four deparments namely, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Labor and Employment, and  Department of Social Welfare and Development.

But now that he has appointed Bello to DOLE, only three departments are left for the communists. That is, if they choose to be part of the Duterte's cabinet.

Some critics have pointed out that the current list of appointees are mostly above 60. Only Mark Villar is below 50. Also, only one woman has been given a key post, that's Andrea Domingo of PAGCOR.

Duterte said he has not decided yet on who to appoint to the following:

Department of Trade and Industry
Department of Budget and Management
Department of Science and Technology
Department of Interior and Local Government
Chairman of Metro Manila Development Authority
chief negotiator with CPP

The incoming president still has thousands of positions to fill up, that's why he has several people evaluating the qualifications of possible appointees. But in the end it will all boil down to trust. All the president's men (and women?) will have to be people that he trusts the most.

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