THE powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) has confirmed four Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Durterte, two days after his administration reached its first 100 days.
They were Alfonso Cusi as secretary of Department of Energy (DoE), Carlos Dominguez III as secretary of Department of Finance (DoF), Silvestre Bello III as secretary of Department of Labor and Employment, and Martin Andanar as secretary of Presidential Communications Office.
Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto who sponsored Dominguez’ confirmation, believes that the latter’s “mere presence alone in the Cabinet is enough to calm the market and assure investors whenever The Punisher throws a tantrum.”
He was apparently referring to the President whose harsh language against some world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, caused the peso to dip.
“This is the guy responsible for translating every politician’s – including ours’ and the President’s – campaign rhetoric into reality. Because in the division of labor in spending money, while it is the President who gets the credit, it is he who must raise the cash,” said Recto.
“And how much? P10 billion a day lang naman next year to finance the national budget. I repeat: P10 billion a day. This is the third Cabinet portfolio he has held, and it seems that he has reserved the hardest for last,” said Recto, who happened to be Dominguez’s brother-in-law.
“His former jobs dealt with basic needs: putting food on the table as Agriculture secretary, and, as Environment secretary, making sure that the air we breathe was clean,” he said.