• Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte strives to form a youthful, gender-balanced Cabinet
  • The transition team of Duterte says it plans to pattern the new administration Cabinet to that of Justin Trudeau
  • Trudeau’s Cabinet has equal number of men and women, mostly under the age of 50.

The transition team of presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte says it plans to pattern the incoming Administration’s Cabinet after that of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Duterte transition team took inspiration from Trudeau who managed to form a youthful, gender-balanced Cabinet that has equal number of men and women, and ministers mostly under the age of 50. The Canadian Cabinet also has members from different cultural and religious backgrounds, including a former refugee, two Sikh immigrants from India, and members of Canada’s aboriginal First Nations.

“We ideally want to follow Justin Trudeau’s cabinet in Canada wherein sectors are properly represented. We have plenty of lumad. We have plenty of ethnic women and those from the social sectors. Ideally, of course, we would also be looking forward to a balanced Cabinet because the constituency of the country is divided into so many sectors,” the presumptive president-elect’s spokesperson Peter Laviña told the Inquirer.

Laviña also stressed that Duterte wants young people to join a gender-sensitive Cabinet.

“He wanted young people. We are also sensitive on gender issues so hopefully maraming babae [there would be many women],” he said.

He clarified, however, that the potential Cabinet secretaries do not necessarily have to be from Mindanao, but stressed that they should all be “the best and the brightest.”

There is also an emphasis that potential Cabinet members must possess a shared vision, integrity, competence and ability and willingness to sacrifice.

The names of Cabinet nominees will be announced as soon as they are ready, even if piecemeal, according to the transition team.

Emphasis, however, is focused on the next Administration’s economic team and foreign affairs.

“It is important to immediately appoint an economic team and a foreign affairs secretary to immediately convey to the business community and the world that we are ready to immediately go down to business,” Laviña said.