Presumptive Philippine vice president Sara Duterte.


Sara Duterte still wants defense chief post, spokesperson says


MANILA – Presumptive Philippine vice president Sara Duterte still hopes to lead the Department of National Defense (DND) under the next administration, her spokesperson has said.

On May 12, Duterte accepted presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s offer to head the Department of Education. However, Duterte’s preference for the DND post has not changed, Liloan Mayor Christina Garcia Frasco told CNN Philippines.

“Not that I am aware. I do know as well that she is very well-versed in local governance, having been mayor for several years and very finely attuned to all the challenges that local governments face all over the country as well,” Garcia said.

In January, Duterte’s running mate, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., revealed that Duterte wanted to head the DND.

Mayor Garcia said Duterte’s track record is her “vast experience in safeguarding the territorial integrity of Davao”.

Duterte wants to ensure that “peace and order is always given paramount importance, it being one of the most important building blocks for progress”, her spokesperson said.

Duterte is a Philippine army reservist with the rank of colonel. In the past, she has said that she will push for mandatory military service for all Filipinos if she is elected as Vice President.

Following her acceptance of the role as education secretary, Duterte said she is ready to get to work. “By June 30, I am ready to rumble,” she said in an interview.

“We were actually both excited because educating our young people is very important for the progress and development of our nation,” she added. CAM/Expat Media

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