Duterte transition team taps supporters to vet candidates for posts

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Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman Peter Laviña (L) and Sen. Pia Cayetano (R) who will help in transition.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Duterte transition team is now tapping its campaign supporters for help in vetting candidates for appointed posts.

The work seems to get more grueling as the days go by.

The group wants to come up with a short list of three names for each post that needs to be filled up.

With the many names coming in, the transition team now plans to ask for help from the campaign volunteers of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte.

More than 6,000 positions — over 400 of the key posts in the Executive branch. The strategy is for those who have been selected to appoint the people under their offices.

Related: LIST: Duterte's 8-point economic agenda

Transition team member and Duterte's spokesman Peter Laviña says recommendations to fill these posts are coming from just everywhere — via emails and text messages.

He says the names of some current Cabinet secretaries have been submitted and are being considered.

The transition team has six members — assigned to different Cabinet clusters.

The task is so overwhelming that volunteers are being tasked to form sub-committees to help vet the names.

The team won't identify candidates for Cabinet secretaries.

But Laviña says they may make piecemeal announcements soon, for priority positions in the economic team and the foreign affairs portfolio.

What he's sure of, he says, is that whoever wins the vice presidential race will be given a Cabinet post.

The team earlier vowed to have a gender sensitive Cabinet.

Now, they say they have another model — the Cabinet of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau which has young people and plenty of women and representatives of ethnic groups.

The mayor's still resting.

He may get his first glimpse of names to choose from on Monday (May 16), when he starts meeting with well-wishers.

The event, which will happen in Davao is not open to the public. Laviña says only those with appointments will be received on that day.

Another date will be set for the general public.

Presidential nickname

Soon, Duterte will be president and there are talks about how he will be addressed.

Apparently, his staff is monitoring suggestions from random people, particularly from social media where a number of interesting monickers have come out: P-Digong, PGong, PDD.

In the end, Lavina says people can call the mayor whatever they want. But he stresses, since he's now president — he should be regarded with the respect his office demands.