Marcos Jr. camp: Ex-MMDA chief Abalos Jr. to head DILG

Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. is set to become the next secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, according to the camp of presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Abalos resigned from his MMDA post to become Marcos’ national campaign manager.

“I would like to announce that Chairman Benhur Abalos has been nominated to lead the Department of the Interior and he has accepted the challenge,” announced Marcos’ spokesperson, lawyer Vic Rodriguez, in a news briefing on Friday.

As overall chairman of the Metro Manila Council, Abalos initiated the “Vax As One” program where local government units accommodated residents of other areas in their vaccination programs.

Marcos also previously announced that presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte would take the helm of the Department of Education.

At the same time, Rodriguez debunked a list circulating on social media about the potential Cabinet members under the Marcos administration, saying only Duterte and Abalos’ possible appointments are confirmed.

“There’s no truth to that apparent list. Walang listahan (There is no list),” he said.

As for the transition team, Rodriguez said it will be composed of himself, Abalos Jr., former Davao del Norte Representative Anton Lagdameo, former Manila Representative Nadia Angping, and South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. PNA