The Camp of Vice President Leni Robredo cannot contain their resistance when they hear the speculation that Bongbong Marcos becomes DILG Secretary replacing Ismael Sueno. Akbayan party-list Rep. Tom Villarin is certain that Marcos won’t get the nod of the Commission on Appointments (CA). They cited Senator Alan Peter Cayetano’s past allegations against Marcos that are purely political. Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman also warns Marcos that he can forego his electoral protest against Robredo if he accepts the appointment – which is avoided since Marcos takes over after the one year ban. The post is also not an elective position.
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Not an Elective Post for Bongbong Marcos
Former election commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal explains that in the case of the late Miriam Santiago, her 1992 electoral protest against former President Fidel Ramos is dismissed because she ran for senator. It is an elective post. The DILG post is an appointment post by the president. Bongbong Marcos does not have to abandon the electoral protest.
Wrong Challenge by Robredo’s Camp
Lagman is wrong in saying that; “Once the protestant accepts a government position, Marcos automatically withdraws his case against Robredo. The Miriam Santiago example is a case of abandonment because she ran for another elective position which is conflicting with each other. Appointive is different,” Larrazabal clarifies this in a statement.
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Stepping Stone to the Presidency
Lagman admits that as head of the DILG is a potential stepping stone for the presidency. The DILG is indeed closer to Malacañang. It’s power influences both the local government and the police force. Media exposure is evident in the head’s every move especially if that leader is Bongbong Marcos.
Robredo’s Slap on Both Cheeks
Mar Roxas as DILG secretary during the Aquino administration aims to develop him as the next president. He lost to Digong because he lacks charisma and the people are already fed-up with the Aquinos. Roxas also lost the vice-presidency in 2010 and also filed an electoral protest against Former Vice President Jejomar Binay. Vice President Leni Robredo lost her husband when he was the DILG Secretary and fellow Liberal Party mate Roxas lost to Digong and Binay who are supporters of Bongbong Marcos. It’s actually not just a slap on Robredo’s face but slaps on both cheeks. Is this an indication that Digong and Roxas’ slapping challenge continues?