Palace to define role of Roxas as 'chief of staff'

Posted at 05/09/11 3:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang is drafting an administrative order that will define the job description of chief troubleshooter Mar Roxas, who will assume a Cabinet position that has functions similar to a presidential chief of staff.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the definition of functions will make sure there will be no overlapping of functions and to avoid friction among Roxas, the executive secretary, and other Cabinet secretaries.

Roxas is said to belong to the "Balay" faction in the Cabinet while Executive Secretary Paquito 'Jojo' Ochoa is said to belong to the "Samar" faction of the Palace that backed Jejomar Binay for the vice presidency. 

"The President will make sure defined ang mga roles para walang overlapping. That's the important thing, that the Cabinet work together as one so one of the things that we will make sure is that there will be no overlapping of functions," Lacierda told reporters. 

Lacierda said he doesn't know yet the exact job description of Roxas, but the position should not require confirmation from the Commission on Appointments.

"Most likely hindi, kasi hindi siya line (agency)," Lacierda said. He added the budget for Roxas may be sourced from the Office of the President. 

Lacierda cited former President Arroyo maintained chiefs of staff during her term, among them now Chief Justice Renato Corona, Rigoberto Tiglao, and Mike Defensor.