FROM JAKARTA: NOY FIGURING OUT EXACT TITLE FOR MAR IN HIS CABINET
[PHOTO - From left to right, Myanmar's President Thein Sein, Philippine's President Benigno Aquino III, Singapore's Senior Minister S. Jayakumar, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, the wife of Vietnamese Prime Minister Tran Thanh Kiem, Vietnamese Prime Minister.]
JAKARTA, MAY 9, 2011 (STAR) By Aurea Calica – President Aquino is figuring out the “exact title” for Manuel Roxas II as the ban on his appointment to a government post lapses on June 30.
Earlier, he called his former running mate his “chief troubleshooter.”
Aquino said the job of Roxas would have similarities to that of a chief of staff, but that he would like to give Roxas a Cabinet rank with a tougher job.
“Mar will be getting something that will be even more demanding,” he said.
“He’s somebody who can (do things for me). For example, I’ll meet with a certain group and unfortunately, there are so many groups claiming my time.
“So if there is need to have a more in-depth dialogue with them, Mar will be in that position to do so. In turn, he can do also (coordinate) with all the necessary agencies so that when it reaches me, it will just be decision point, there will be no more multiple meetings.”
FROM GMA NEWS TV
Roxas to serve as Aquino's de facto chief of staff 05/08/2011 | 09:02 PM
[PHOTO - Singapore's Senior Minister S. Jayakumar (L-R), Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva walk prior to a dinner at the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta May 7, 2011. Reuters Pictures logo Reuters Pictures 1 day ago.]
This Defeated vice presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II is likely to serve as President Benigno Aquino III’s de facto chief of staff, although Aquino is not sure if that is the right title for the position.
Roxas is expected to assume the position once the constitutional one-year ban on appointing unsuccessful candidates ends on May 11.
Aquino, in Jakarta for the 18th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), told reporters Sunday that among Roxas’ tasks would be to communicate with groups on behalf of him and coordinate with government officials involved in policy-making.
He, however, said he does not know what to call Roxas’ would-be position yet.
Asked if Roxas, a former senator, would be his chief of staff, Aquino said: “I’m not yet sure of the exact title, but it’s something to that effect."
That way, the President said, there will be no need for him to attend briefings and he will only decide on certain matters once it has reached his office.
Aquino had earlier named Roxas, his running-mate in the May 2010 elections, as his government’s “troubleshooter." — KBK, GMA News
Aquino said despite the lifting of the ban on candidates who ran in the last elections by June 30, there would be no major revamp the Cabinet.
Reports said Roxas might be named executive secretary or replace another Cabinet member. – With Delon Porcalla
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