Palace to announce new DILG chief Friday

August 31, 2012 11:45am

Amid rumors that Transportation Sec. Mar Roxas has been appointed as the new chief of the Department of Interior and Local Government, a Malacañang official said that they will make the official announcement on Friday.

Unconfirmed news regarding Roxas’ appointment as DILG secretary and Cavite Rep. Jun Abaya as the new DOTC secretary floated early Friday.

Palace officials, however, refused to confirm the news.

In an interview with GMA News’ Unang Balita, LP stalwart and Budget Sec. Florencio “Butch” Abad said it is better to wait for the official announcement from Malacañang.

“Mas mabuting hintayin natin ang opisyal na pahayag na manggaling sa pangulo. Hintayin na lang natin para opisyal,” he said.

Texts and calls to Roxas made by GMA News Online also went unanswered.

Liberal Party Senator Kiko Pangilinan also told GMA News Online that he has no information regarding the matter.Both Roxas and Abaya are ranking members of the ruling Liberal Party: Roxas is party president while Abaya is secretary-general. President Aquino is the party’s national chairman.

Ping: It’s Mar for DILGIn a radio interview earlier in the day, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said he received a call from Roxas Thursday night informing him about the President’s pick for the vacant DILG post.

“Alam ko even before tumawag siya parang formality na lang…, nanombrahan siya at si Cong. Abaya bilang secretaries ng DILG at DOTC respectively,” he said.

“Napag-usapan nila, sinabihan na sila. It’s just a matter of official announcement from Malacañang,” he added.

Also, Lacson said the appointment was a “no-brainer” since they are LP members and capable officials.

“I have no doubt they are very competent and honest individuals na talagang pwede mag-steer sa kanilang department along the straight path, ang daang matuwid na tinatahak ng administration ni Pangulong Aquino.  So tama lang, tama lang, walang appointment could be any more perfect dito sa dalawa,” he said.

Lacson’s name was among those being floated for Robredo’s replacement.

The top DILG post became vacant after Jesse Robredo died from a plane crash off the waters of Masbate on August 18. The pilot and co-pilot of the ill-fated Piper Seneca plane also died from the accident. Only Robredo’s aide-de-camp survived the tragedy.

 — Kimberly Jane Tan/RSJ/LBG, GMA News

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