Transition to unveil Aquino’s Cabinet


Noynoy’s team to lead turnover of government
Weeks of speculating about who will serve on the Aquino Cabinet will end when the apparent president-elect announces the members of his transition team. But the apparent president-elect, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd, kept up the suspense over the weekend. He did not disclose names of likely Cabinet secretaries—except for Corazon “Dinky” Soliman for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Teresita “Ging” Deles as presidential
adviser on the peace process.

“We are forming the Cabinet,” Aquino said on Friday during the premier screening of the documentary Noy. “The Cabinet will be the ones who will comprise the transition team, who will need to know all the data with regards to the current situation, potential problems, bright spots if any, so we are guided accordingly.”

Aquino earlier created a search committee to help him form a new Cabinet. As this developed, Aquino’s search committee continued its work.

Asked who would be the members of his transition team, Aquino declined to name names. “I think the people who are known already are the ones we are ready to say so at this point,” he said.

“A lot of them are still undergoing deep soul-searching, consulting their respective families and institutions they belong to,” he added. “They are not yet ready to fully embrace the assignment.”

Earlier reports said that Aquino’s transition team had already met with incumbent Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza several times to ensure a smooth turnover of power on June 30.

Aquino also declined the proposal of Malacañang that a meeting of the Arroyo Cabinet officials and Aquino’s possible Cabinet members be held before June 30. He said that a joint Cabinet meeting would be premature as the official canvassing in Congress has yet to be finished.

“At the point in time when we have finished the canvassing, so as not to be accused of being presumptuous,” he said.

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