By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in the person of JV Ejercito, Bongbong Marcos and Koko Pimentel were familiar faces in the inauguration rites when Duterte was sworn in as the 16th President of the Philippines. Their presence were actually not surprising because Duterte personally invited Marcos. Ejercito and Pimentel gracing the Rizal Hall in Malacañang with their presence were also understandable as party mates of the President.
Not having Vice President Leni Robredo around can already signify that Bongbong Marcos is Duterte’s chosen one. Robredo kept her composure after Marcos filed the electoral protest against her last June 29. She was thankful that it went through the proper forum and not through the media.
Marcos also hinted that if a Cabinet secretary post will be offered to him, then he would gladly accept it – which for him is an order from the president. However, it seems that the president will not assign an important position to his Vice President in respect to Marcos who is his friend. Meanwhile Binay comforted Robredo saying to her personally that by continuing the function of the OVP, she will be in service to the poor, ofws and to public service in general like what he was prioritizing during his term. In fact, Robredo just came back from Japan prior to her own inauguration