Duterte reveals Cabinet members who will run in 2019 elections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) — President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed who among the Cabinet members will run in next year's midterm elections.

Speaking to the media in Malacañang Tuesday, Duterte said Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority General Director Gene Mamondiong, and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque will throw their hat into the ring.

He, however, did not say whether there would be a Cabinet revamp.

When asked if Special Assistant to the President Bong Go would also be running for senator, Duterte said, "I think he will run...Murphy's Law, anything can happen. But I believe he is really running."

In an interview with CNN Philippines last week, PDP-Laban president and Senator Koko Pimentel said Go was "not interested."

Duterte said he already had someone lined up to replace Go, but did not give a name, only that the person would be a woman.

When asked who he thinks could replace Cayetano, however, the President said, "I have a name. He (Cayetano) agreed, but he did not authorize me to name him now. Maybe, siya na lang pag gusto niya [he could do it if he wants to].

Roque quit Cabinet?

The President was also asked about Roque, who announced he was going on indefinite leave beginning October 8.

Duterte revealed the spokesperson has apparently resigned from his post.

"Sabi niya, magresign siya. Sabi ko sige... Panelo, tingnan muna natin. Kung makakuha ako ng Presidential Legal Counsel. If he likes the job. Kaya naipit nga si Roque. It's not my fault actually. Sabi niya tatakbo siya, di siya tatakbo, tatakbo. Tapos sabi ko, mamili na agad ako para walang paralysis sa flow ng functions," he said.

[Translation: He said he would resign, I sad go ahead...Panelo, we'll have to see. If I am able to get a Presidential Legal Counsel. If he likes the job. That's why Roque was put in a tough position. It's not my fault actually. He said he would run, then not run, then run. I said he should decide so there would be no paralysis in the flow of function.]

He also said he was thinking of having Presidential Legal Adviser Sal Panelo take on the role of press secretary in the meantime.

Duterte had earlier discouraged Roque from running for the Senate.

"Ayan sila si Roque, gusto mag-senador. Sabi ko, 'Tama ka na. T*** i** diyan. Standby ka. Bigyan kita ibang trabaho. Hindi ka manalo diyan,'" he said during a speech before Philippine Military Academy alumni on October 5.

[Translation: See Roque, he wants to be senator. I told him, "You're done. Stand by. I'll give you another job. You wouldn't win"]

Roque on Friday said he might quit his post as it seemed he has not been up-to-date with some of the President's affairs.

CNN Philippines' Pia Garcia, Eimor Santos, Chad de Guzman, and Ina Andolong contributed to this report.