Imee Marcos Recommends 'Pinks, Yellows' to Brother's Cabinet

'Unity' is not just a slogan, senator says
Imee Marcos, the eldest daughter of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, arrives with her family to visit his grave on the elder Marcos' 100th birthday at the Heroes Cemetery in Manila on September 11, 2017.
Photo/s: TED ALJIBE / AFP

Sen. Imee Marcos on Saturday said she has recommended several names allied with opposition groups to be part of her brother, president-elect Bongbong Marcos' Cabinet.

The eldest Marcos sibling said she hoped the next administration would get the "best and the brightest" in their respective fields regardless of political affiliation.

READ: Who are Bongbong Marcos' Cabinet Secretaries?

"Lahat kami todo submit ng iba't ibang pangalan para maipasok, at marami sa mga nire-recommend ko, sinasabi yung 'Dilawan', 'Pinklawan,'" Imee told DWIZ in an interview without mentioning anyone in particular.

"Sa totoo lang, ang technocrat, wala yata sa katawan, wala sa dugo ang pulitika. Marami sa kanila wala namang kulay na pulitika. Yung iba, sabihin na natin, na hindi kakampi noon, e wala namang masamang i-recruit kung talagang magagaling," she added.

According to Imee, the "unity" which her brother espoused during his presidential campaign is not merely a slogan, but an action plan.

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"Yun ang dapat nating gawin and alam ko marami sa sinasala na mga pangalan ay hindi naman masasabing pulang-pula o sabihin natin ay kakampi dati, kundi yung magagaling talaga," she said.

"Lahat ng mahusay i-recruit kasi sa bandang huli, ano mang kulay sa pulitika, lahat naman tayo Pilipino. Kung magagaling na mga Pilipino, yan ang dapat i-recruit," she added.

The younger Marcos has been announcing several names who will form part of this Cabinet, some of whom also served during the administration of previous presidents.

One of them is economist Arsenio Balisacan, who will return as socioeconomic planning chief, the post he also held during the term of the late President Benigno Aquino III.

Aside from Balisacan, also previously confirmed to be part of the Marcos Cabinet are presumptive vice president Sara Duterte-Carpio as education secretary, Benhur Abalos as interior secretary, Bienvenido Laguesma as labor secretary, and Benjamin Diokno as finance secretary.

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