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Ditching a sacred duty

A cabinet appointment is inferior to an elected position obtained with the direct mandate of the people.

A Cabinet appointee is accountable first to the President, who is the appointing official. He or she, after all, is but an extension of the Chief Executive.

On the other hand, an elected official, specially a member of Congress, is directly accountable to his or her constituents or the people. He or she has a political contract to be of direct service to the citizens who gave him or her their votes.

When forced to make the difficult decision either to keep his or her elective post or accept a Cabinet job, the official should politely decline and stick to the position he was elected in keeping with his political contract with the voters.

In short, it is the most decent thing to do.
   
Doing otherwise would be tantamount to abandonment of a sacred and sovereign duty.
   
It would also be highly suspect. Was he or she made an offer that cannot be refused—in the broadest sense of the word? 
   
Well, if the offer is the Department of Public Works and Highways, it is indeed a big game changer.
   
More so if your family is into the highly lucrative construction and development business.   
   
Congressman Mark Villar has resigned as representative of Las Piñas City to join the Cabinet of President Duterte as head of the DPWH.
   
House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas confirmed this, saying Las Piñas City would temporarily be under the congressional care of Villar’s wife, Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar of Diwa party-list.
   
Shortly after winning the May 9 presidential race, Duterte announced that Villar would be joining his Cabinet as DPWH secretary.
   
Villar’s appointment has been criticized as his father, former Senate president Manny Villar, is engaged in real estate business.
   
Duterte assured the public that no conflict of interest would arise from Villar’s post.
   
The Villars are stalwarts of the Nacionalista Party, which has aligned itself with Duterte’s super majority coalition in the House and led by the President’s political party, the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan.