Was Senator Francis Escudero in Malacanang just lately to debate a attainable Cabinet appointment with President Rodrigo Duterte?
Those speculating that Escudero will be a part of the Cabinet are in for a disappointment as the senator on Monday (June 5) nixed talks he shall be leaving the Senate.
He mentioned he and Duterte solely talked about work and urgent issues affecting the nation throughout their current non-public meeting.
“Nag-usap lang kami. Ako lang mag-isa, mahigit isang oras. Pinag-usapan namin puro trabaho lamang. Walang isa labas sa trabaho. Walang pinag-usapan na position. Walang hiling at walang alok,” Escudero informed reporters in a telephone interview.
He added Cabinet place was “the farthest thing” from what he and Duterte mentioned.
“Hindi ko sigurado kung may liberty akong sabihin yung pinag usapan namin dahil maski sya pinalabas nya yung mga tao sa loob ng kwarto nung mag usap kami. Basta’t pinag- usapan namin puro trabaho lamang. Walang iba labas sa trabaho,” he mentioned.
Speculation on the cause for Escudero’s meeting with the President arose after Malacanang launched a photograph of them collectively. The senator didn’t give any data about his viewers with Duterte previous to the interview.
Escudero mentioned he sought an viewers with the President following his declaration of martial regulation in Mindanao however the authentic schedule had been reset a number of occasions.
He mentioned it was solely this month that he managed to get an appointment with Duterte.
“Wala akong hiniling at wala rin syang ni-request. Puro mga pag-uusap sa mga issues na kinakaharap natin sa ngayon,” he mentioned.