Transition activities in Malacañang are ongoing, but no one from the incoming administration has reached out to Cabinet members yet.,Acting Cabinet Secretary Melvin Matibag and Presidential Communications Operations Office chief Secretary Martin Andanar said they started their preparations for the turnover of government business to their successors.,“We are guided by AO 47,” Matibag told the Daily Tribune, referring to Administrative Order No. 47, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte to kick off transition activities.,Under the order, agencies and offices under the Executive branch should form their internal subcommittees or clusters to prepare their respective departments for the incoming administration.,No representative of presumptive President-elect Bongbong Marcos Jr. has coordinated with Matibag and Andanar yet to discuss transition efforts in their respective offices.,“I think they will wait for the proclamation of President-elect BBM,” Matibag said.,Marcos has yet to name members of his transition team.,Some personalities are tapped to lead some offices in Malacañang according to some reports, but the Marcos camp did not confirm it.,What’s certain was presumptive Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio will lead the education department, while Marcos Jr.’s campaign manager, Benhur Abalos, will take the helm of the interior department.,Marcos Jr. — the 64-year-old son and the namesake of the deposed dictator — is poised to succeed the elder Duterte after getting over 31 million votes, twice the number of votes got by his closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo.,In 2016, when Congress proclaimed then Davao City Mayor Duterte as the winner of the presidential election, Medialdea also led his transition team.,Presumptive President-elect Marcos will take his oath of office shortly before the expiry of Duterte’s term at noon on 30 June. — With a report from MJ BLANCAFLOR, ,
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