Pangilinan thanks PNoy for possible Cabinet post
Senator Francis Pangilinan thanks President Aquino for naming him as a possible Cabinet member

CABINET SECRETARIES? President Aquino says he is eyeing Senators Panfilo Lacson and Francis Pangilinan for Cabinet posts once their terms end in 2013.

MANILA, Philippines – Secretary Francis Pangilinan and Secretary Panfilo Lacson?

Senator Francis Pangilinan welcomed the statement of President Benigno Aquino III that he and his fellow senator may end up in the Cabinet.

While on an official visit to the United Kingdom, Aquino told reporters he might appoint his two allies to his Cabinet after their terms end in 2013.

“Of course, we will not coerce anyone to accept any position. We will talk to them. If they have advocacies that they think they can provide service in the executive, we are open to them,” Aquino said in a mix of English and Filipino.

Aquino, however, refused to say what posts he will give the two.

In his Twitter account, Pangilinan responded, “I am thankful for the vote of confidence expressed by PNoy and I leave it to the President to decide where he believes I can be of help.”

Pangilinan refused to answer queries about his preferred Cabinet post, saying he only learned about the news through the media.

Lacson refused to comment. In a text message, he said, “I would rather wait for [the President] to talk to me before making any comment or decision. In the meantime, I will treat the news reports like what it is – hearsay.”

Pangilinan is a partymate of Aquino in the Liberal Party while Lacson is an ally of the President.

Lacson has long been rumored to be appointed to the Department of the Interior and Local Government, now headed by Secretary Jesse Robredo. The senator is a former chief of the Philippine National Police.

Pangilinan heads the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food. The Philippine Daily Inquirer said there are reports he is eyeing the agriculture portfolio. –

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