DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – President-elect Rod Duterte has decided to give Vice a special Cabinet position in his administration. And no, he is not talking about Vice Presidential-elect Leni Robredo. Rather, he is referring to showbiz personality Vice Ganda.
Duterte’s announcement finally ends all speculation about whether or not he will appoint Robredo to a Cabinet position as is the usual practice by incoming administrations. Robredo ran as the VP candidate of the opposing Liberal Party. She won over five other candidates, including Duterte’s running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
Vice Ganda, who has earned the respect and trust of Duterte during the presidential campaign period, will be designated the LGBT Czar, a Cabinet-level position that will serve as the administration’s liaison with the country’s gay and lesbian community.
“I can only appoint one Vice to my Cabinet, and I have chosen the one that I trust most and who has supported my campaign,” Duterte said, referring to the television host.
Vice Ganda’s appointment has not been reported in the media because local reporters have been banned from attending Duterte’s public events and press briefings. Ironically, the local media were urged to boycott Duterte’s press briefings after he was quoted as saying that murdered journalists — particularly the “son-of-a-b*****s,” deserved their fate. It turns out, it was Duterte who ended up boycotting the reporters.