ED LIBRANDA.

STRAIGHT TALK

BY ED LIBRANDA

Marcos Governance Should Be Colorless

Presumptive President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. needs to govern his incoming administration without looking at who wears the color during the 2022 National Election.

Whatever the political persuasion of the candidates, President-elect Bongbong Marcos should look beyond the color of their political parties. If the candidate deserves to be considered a member of his cabinet, then Marcos should offer him the opportunity to prove his best.

But of course, incoming president Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. has the right to appoint members of his cabinet to certain people whom he believes have his trust and belief. Will he ignore nepotism to place relatives in the government bureaucracy?

Initially, the first year of governance is a challenging period. Nepotism is the foundation of the cabinet of the outgoing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte come June 30. He built his cabinet based on his and his cronies' personal and political interests.

The fate of PRRD's friends, like the former head of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Ismael 'Mile' Sueno, who was fired by PRRD in 2017, is expected to be the same as the fate of Bongbong Marcos' friends and kin. Next was Peter Lavina, the former chief of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). Lavina worked as Davao City Administrator during the term of PRRD as Davao City Mayor.

It will be a big challenge on BBM's side during his first two years of governance. Vetting of candidates to fill his cabinet and those of various government agencies will serve as a show window of what BBM's government will be like.

I am sure BBM and PRRD have different styles and approaches in placing friends, personal or otherwise in government positions of utmost importance.

 

What happened to Sueno and Lavina, two of PRRD's closest friends, should not occur to Marcos if only he will be more cautious in the vetting process.