CPP submits 10 nominees for Duterte Cabinet
In this May 9 photo, front-running presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte clenches his fist prior to voting in a polling precinct at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School at Matina district, his hometown in Davao city in southern Philippines.
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CPP submits 10 nominees for Duterte Cabinet

Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - May 27, 2016 - 3:41pm

MANILA, Philippines — Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte revealed that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has submitted a list of 10 nominees for Cabinet positions.

Duterte earlier offered several top government posts — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) — to the leftist group.

READ: Duterte offers top gov't posts to CPP

"Left submitted a very impressive list of nominees. I am inclined to give in," Duterte said in a press conference early Thursday.

The Davao City mayor added that he is willing to discuss government positions with exiled CPP founder Jose Maria Sison if he decides to come home in July.

READ: Joma Sison welcomes Duterte’s offer of peace, but declines Cabinet position

Duterte added that most of the CPP nominees are from the University of the Philippines. The nominees are for the positions that he earlier offered.

"'Yan ang hiningi nila," the incoming president said.

The incoming president also noted that he had met with National Democratic Front of the Philippines spokesperson Felix Agcaoili and discussed peace talks.

"We agreed on the framework of how to proceed with the peace talks, and maybe in God's good time, I told Fidel that meron pa naman dadating sa atin na we'll have to stop talking about being left or being right," Duterte said.

Duterte is also eyeing to meet with fugitive Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari in Jolo, Sulu.

READ: Duterte to meet with Nur in Jolo

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