First Cabinet Meeting of Pres. Duterte will be held at“ Malacañang of the South”

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The Cabinet meeting will take place at the presidential guest house or “Malacañang of the South” built on the equipment yard of the Department of Public Works and Highways compound at Barangay Panacan.

Just a day after his proclamation as president elect, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte has scheduled his first meeting with his Cabinet here the presidential guest house in the south.

Those who attended as of press time are Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, Duterte’s choice for Public Works Secretary; Duterte’s security adviser Hermogenes Esperon, the former Armed Forces Chief of Staff under the Arroyo administration; incoming Presidential Security Group commander Col. Rolando Bautista; chosen Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea; and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas chair and former Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano, who was being considered for the post of Agrarian Reform secretary.

University of the Philippines professor and activist Judy Taguiwalo also called to attend for the meeting, the source said. Taguiwalo is being considered to head the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

 Duterte had wanted members of the leftist groups to be part of his Cabinet in a bid to put an end to the decades-long communist insurgency.

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