President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III appoints his 2010 elections running mate Mar Roxas to a newly-vacated Cabinet post. Aquino himself issued a statement Tuesday that the former Senator has accepted his offer, at the same time reiterating that Roxas is still part of his economic cluster as a “senior member.”
Roxas will replace former Secretary Ping de Jesus who resigned last week. Four other undersecretaries resigned from the DOTC to give way to the choices of the new department chief.
The president said he earlier had other plans for Roxas but he couldn’t find any other person fitted to the DOTC post. The president also lauded Roxas, whom he described as the one who has the capacity to initiate his administration’s projects in DOTC, an agency riddled by corruption controversies like PIATCO, and the multi-million NBN-ZTE deal.
Aquino said Roxas will also remain as his adviser.
Weeks ago, Roxas was reportedly being tapped as the presidential chief of staff, a position Malacañang plans to introduce despite pundits pointing out that it was no different with the Executive Secretary post.