Presumptive vice president Sara Duterte-Carpio said Monday she will neither lobby for officials hailing from Davao nor interfere in the appointment of Cabinet secretaries of presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
In an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio, Duterte said only the President has the sole responsibility of appointing Cabinet officials, and the success and failure of those appointees rest on him.
“The Cabinet position is a position of trust and confidence of the President. Now, if we interfere with the secretaries that will be appointed by the President, he will be made accountable for its success or failure because the president is the appointing authority,” the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte said in Cebuano.
In the ABS-CBN report, the current Davao City mayor said that even if she were the President and her vice president would meddle, she would also be disappointed.
Duterte said Marcos Jr. has a search committee that is now looking for people who would fit in certain cabinet positions, and who would also push for the continuity of President Duterte’s administration as well as Marcos Jr.’s own vision for the country.
The presumptive vice president also said she is planning to establish satellite offices around the Philippines.
“We have a lot of parallel groups in various areas in the country. Actually, I think we have parallel groups in almost all provinces,” she said.
“Our plan is to harness the passion, the spirit to help, and the volunteerism in our parallel groups. We will create a base in their area wherein we can continue helping their community through the vice president’s office,” Duterte-Carpio added.