Comedian-TV host Arnell Ignacio revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte gave him a government post, although he did not divulge what that specific position is.
“Hindi ko muna sasabihin kung saan. Pag bumaba na lang ang office order, ha?” Ignacio told entertainment news site PEP.ph.
Asked whether the position has something to do with the entertainment industry, Ignacio said it wasn’t, adding that he preferred a position for public service over entertainment.
Ignacio also said that he has started reporting to the office of the agency that he’s going to work for to prepare for his new government post.
He is surprised at all the issues in the way the agency was handled and confessed that his position is quite influential, so much so that his phone is blowing up with people trying to get in touch with him.
“Ang tindi pala ng posisyon na ‘to. Ang telepono ko nga, lahat nagsisipsip na sa akin!” Ignacio said.
He vowed to handle his new position responsibly, adding that he’s happy he can now help a lot of people, especially those who come to him for medical help.
During the campaign for the 2016 elections, Ignacio was one of Duterte more vocal supporters, especially on social media. He said that he just wanted to give his all-out support for the then-presidential candidate without expecting any government position in return.
Ignacio was not the first celebrity supporter that Duterte has offered a government post to.
Duterte also offered the position of Undersecretary of Department of Tourism to Kat de Castro, another celebrity supporter and the daughter of former Vice President Noli de Castro. The younger de Castro is usually spotted hosting gatherings for Duterte during the campaign and thanksgiving parties.
Duterte is also rumored to ask another supporter, Aiza Seguerra, to become the commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Based on the comments of the Facebook users reacting to news about Ignacio’s new government post, some defended Duterte’s offer, saying that if Ignacio is qualified for the position, it won’t be a problem. Others were trying to guess what that position could be since Ignacio mentioned giving medical assistance.
But many of the commenters are wondering about one thing – when will it be Mocha Uson’s turn to get a government position?
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