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Enrile, Guevarra, Faustino join Marcos Jr’s Cabinet

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By Billy Begas

President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has added three more names to the list of his Cabinet officials, Press Secretary-designate Rose Beatrix Cruz-Angeles disclosed on Friday, June 17.

Cruz-Angeles said former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will be the next Presidential Legal Counsel.

Enrile will return to public service six years after announcing his retirement in 2016.

Cruz-Angeles said Enrile vowed to devote his time and knowledge to the country and Marcos Jr. “because I want him to succeed.”

Meanwhile, incumbent Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra will be the next Solicitor-General. He and Marcos had a meeting last Thursday, June 16.

Before being appointed as ad interim Justice Secretary in 2018, Guevarra was the Deputy Executive Secretary of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Retired General Jose Faustino Jr., the 56th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be tapped as Senior Undersecretary and Officer-in-Charge of the Department of National Defense (DND).

Faustino, who retired last November 12, 2021, will be appointed National Defense Secretary on November 13, 2022, in compliance with the one-year ban on the appointment of retired military officers.

According to Cruz-Angeles, Faustino and incoming National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos met with Marcos last Thursday.