President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will have former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile as his presidential legal counsel, his press secretary said on Friday.
Enrile, who was among the key figures who helped oust the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in 1986, supported Marcos Jr.’s presidential bid.
“Among the new nominees [of Marcos Jr.] is former Philippine Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who will re-enter public service as presidential legal counsel-designate six years after announcing his retirement from politics in 2016,” incoming Palace communications chief Trixie Angeles said in a statement.
Under Marcos Sr., Enrile served as interim finance secretary from 1966 to 1968, justice secretary from 1968 to 1970, and defense chief from 1972 to 1986.
He served as the 21st Senate president from 2008 to 2013.
Also among the new appointees of Marcos Jr. were outgoing Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra as solicitor general and the former Armed Forces of the Philippines joint chiefs chairman, retired general Jose Faustino, Jr., as officer-in-charge of the Department of National Defense.
Marcos is set to assume the presidency on June 30. John Ezekiel J. Hirro