LOOK: Duterte transition team visits Malacañang


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LOOK: Duterte transition team visits Malacañang
Coloma says President Aquino invited the Duterte team to a tour of the main Palace building

MANILA, Philippines – Members of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s transition team on Thursday, June 16, paid a visit to Malacañang, where President Benigno Aquino III gave them a tour. 

In a message to reporters, Palace Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr said Executive Secretary-designate Salvador Medialdea, Presidential Management Staff head-designate Christopher Go, and Secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco Jr led the members of the Duterte transition team who came to the Palace.

TRANSITION. Incoming Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea looks around with President Benigno Aquino III. Photo courtesy of Bong Go

The 3 men are expected to assume key roles in the Duterte presidency.

Medialdea’s father, former Associate Justice Leo D. Medialdea, had worked with Duterte’s father when the latter was provincial governor of Davao.

Go, Duterte’s executive assistant and aide, is known to be the Davao City mayor’s most trusted man. He is also often referred to these days as the gateway to the incoming president.

Evasco, on the other hand, had played a key role in the Duterte campaign. Mayor of Maribojoc in Bohol province, Evasco was a member of the New People’s Army and was detained for 3 years after his arrest in the early 1980s. Detained as a political prisoner then, he met Duterte, then a government prosecutor, with whom he has maintained a close friendship. 

PHOTO OP. From left to right: Bong Go, Salvador Medialdea, President Aquino, Jojo Ochoa, Jun Evasco Jr. Photo courtesy of Bong Go

Duterte’s men were met and briefed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr, who also introduced them to Aquino.

The President gamely offered to tour them around the Palace grounds.

Photo courtesy of Bong Go

Coloma said Aquino “invited them to a tour of the main Palace building.”

Duterte has said he does not intend to live in the Palace but will divide his working time between Manila and Davao.

Photo courtesy of Bong Go

The Palace spokesman said no other details of the meeting were available. – Rappler.com 

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