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Marcos sees no reason to replace Duterte in Cabinet amid rift with First Lady

President Bongbong Marcos does not see the need to replace Vice President Sara Duterte as Education Secretary amid her supposed rift with First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos. 

”Why? I don’t see the reason behind that,’’ said Marcos in an ambush interview in Occidental Mindoro. 

Marcos said Cabinet members will only be replaced if they are non-performing. 

”Any of the Cabinet secretaries will be replaced kapag hindi nila ginagawa ‘yung trabaho nila. All the other things are not part of the discussion,” added Marcos.

The chief executive said the Vice President did not even commit corrupt practices that would also be among the grounds for replacement. 

“Kapag hindi talaga marunong o corrupt, tatanggalin ka talaga namin. Hindi naman ganoon si Inday,’’said Marcos. 

Duterte has acknowledged the recent statements made by First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos.

In a video message, Duterte said that expressing her feelings towards her is valid and her right to do so.

But Duterte was quick to point out that personal feelings do not affect her mandate.

“Bilang, karapatan ni Unang Ginang Liza Marcos na makaramdam ng sama ng loob at galit,” said Duterte.

“Subalit ang kanyang personal na damdamin ay walang kinalaman sa aking mandato bilang isang opisyal ng pamahalaan,” she added.

The Vice President said that she will personally talk to President Bongbong Marcos to resolve the matter.

“Upang makausad tayo, iiwan na natin sa isang pribadong pag-uusap sa pagitan lamang namin ni Pangulong Bongbong Marcos Jr. ang mga susunod na hakbang,” said Duterte.

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