Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles on Tuesday said President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. had yet to appoint a new executive secretary following the resignation of his long-time ally Vic Rodriguez.

Rodriguez announced his resignation on Sept. 17, citing family reasons.

“Mayroon pong mga kinu-consider na mga pangalan sa ngayon pero wala pa pong lumalabas na appointment,” Cruz-Angeles said in an online briefing.

Cruz-Angeles made the statement after rumors of former Supreme Court chief justice Lucas Bersamin being named to the position spread on social media.

Marcos Jr. appointed Rodriguez as his presidential chief of staff, a new position created by Administrative Order No. 1.

According to the order, the Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff will have the primary function of “supervising and ensuring the efficient and responsive day-to-day operational support to the presidency to enable the president to focus on strategic national concerns.”

The executive secretary is also called the “little president” because of its power to deal with administrative matters including attesting to presidential issuances. John Ezekiel J. Hirro