Marcos names close friend Lagdameo as his special assistant

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Marcos names close friend Lagdameo as his special assistant
This February 2016 photo shows former Rep. Anton Lagdameo (Davao de Oro) and President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. The incoming president has chosen his close friend Lagdameo to become Special Assistant to the President.
Anton Lagdameo via Instagram

MANILA, Philippines — President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s long-time friend and ally Anton Lagdameo will join him at the Palace as his special aide.

In a streamed press conference on Thursday, a day after his proclamation, Marcos said he picked former Rep. Lagdameo (Davao de Oro) as the Special Assistant to the President.

“It’s a very sensitive and very important in a sense that we have worked, known each other since he was a child, since he was young. He knows me very well,” he added.

In his Carmen, Davao del Norte sortie on March 30, Marcos had referred to Lagdameo as someone he has worked on with on “many projects.”

Under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go took this post. And even if Go has already became a lawmaker, he was still usually seen beside Duterte in events.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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LATEST UPDATE: June 30, 2022 - 1:06pm

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— Main photo: AFP/Ron Lopez

June 30, 2022 - 1:06pm

Outgoing Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III hands over the Department of Finance to outgoing Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor Benjamin Diokno.

In a Twitter post, Dominguez says Diokno "is the best possible choice to succeed me as he possesses the skills, the insight, and the dedication to take on the demanding job of a Finance Secretary."

June 29, 2022 - 2:38pm

President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. chose outgoing Solicitor General Jose Calida as the new chairperson of the Commission on Audit.

Philippine National Bank President Jose Arnulfo has been chosen as GSIS chief.

June 23, 2022 - 10:44am

Incoming Solicitor General Menardo Guevarra — currently justice secretary — says he met with the transition team of the OSG to have "an overview of the organization and operations of the office. they also gave me an idea about the handling of special cases of national importance." 

"Lastly, we discussed matters that need immediate attention, such as the structural problems of the OSG building, the need to create additional legal divisions, and amendments to the OSG law to include retirement and survivorship benefits for state solicitors like those enjoyed by their judicial counterparts," he adds.

June 20, 2022 - 5:31pm

President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. says he will take on the portfolio of agriculture secretary himself, at least for now, because of the urgency of the country's food issues.

June 17, 2022 - 9:10am

Press Secretary-designate Trixie Cruz-Angeles says President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has named three more incoming Cabinet secretaries:

  • Ex-Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile as Presidential Legal Counsel-designate
  • Outgoing Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has as Solicitor-General-designate
  • Ret. General Jose Faustino Jr., (Ret.) who will assume Secretary of Department of National Defense (DND) on Nov. 13, 2022 after the one-year ban on the appointment of retired military officers under RA 6975
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