It has been heavily rumored that Bongbong Marcos assumes the DILG’s top post once the one-year ban for defeated candidates expires tomorrow. However, Malacañang recently released a list of the President’s appointees in April. It is listed there that the Department of the Interior OIC Catalino Cuy, who temporarily replaces Interior chief Ismael Sueno is not the new DILG Secretary but Armed Forces Chief General Eduardo Año.
Youtube video by; GMA News [VIDEO]: Undersecretary Catalino Cuy was first appointed as OIC of DILG. Bongbong Marcos was the popular bet for the DILG Secretary post.
Undersecretary Catalino Cuy was first named the new Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-In-Charge. He is then listed as the DILG head in April by the President but Armed Forces Chief General Eduardo Año was later announced as the new DILG Secretary.
April Appointments List
The said list is the same news release that announces former House Speaker Jose De Venecia, Jr.’ appointment as Special Envoy for Inter-Cultural Dialogue. It also discloses the appointment of former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Roy Cimatu’s appointment as the new DENR Secretary. He replaces the controversial Gina Lopez. Armed Forces. The news on General Año then followed.
Marcos supporters are clear that they want SC to facilitate the recount as soon as possible. The first three locations for priority recount are not yet known. There is still a pending Comelec request for them to have temporary custody for the ballot boxes from Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and Basilan.
Brief and Preliminary Conference
Marcos and Leni Robredo’s camps must submit their briefs to speed up the process five days before the Preliminary Conference on June 21. This shows that the president really wants Marcos to focus on the protest. Perhaps to aid him in running the country as his VP.