FOR the benefit of the more than 110 million Filipino people, including the ordinary citizens, the frontrunning presidential hopefuls should reveal their prospective Cabinet members.
The frontrunners are ex-Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., Vice President Leni Robredo, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Sen. Manny Pacquiao.
Of course, it’s important to know the stand of prospective Cabinet secretaries on issues such as the West Philippine Sea, marijuana legalization and charter change.
In the past, there were instances when Cabinet members found themselves on the wrong side of the incumbent Chief Executive on several highly-controversial issues.
Although there’s freedom of speech in this Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking people, a Cabinet member should never be in rivalry with his/her boss in Malacanang.
That’s why our people, this early in the election campaign period, want the Presidential candidates to name those they intend to appoint to key positions in the government.
“Siyempre ayaw naming mga magsasaka at mangingisda na ang mamumuno sa Department of Agriculture ay walang malasakit sa amin,” according to a tobacco farmer.
A female factory worker, on the other hand, wants the new secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment to be a pro-worker but not necessarily an anti-management.
“Dapat ang hahawak sa kagawaran ay marunong bumalanse sa kapakanan ng mga manggagawa at management para tuloy-tuloy lang ang industrial peace sa Pilipinas,” she added.
In the view of well-meaning Filipinos, including the ordinary citizens, those to be appointed to the Cabinet should be independent-minded and never stained by some scandal.