The one-year ban prohibition on appointing losing candidates during the 2016 national and local elections ends today, May 9. Article IX, Section 6B of the 1987 Constitution stipulates that “No candidate who has lost in any election shall, within one year after such election, be appointed to any office in the Government or any Government-owned or controlled corporations or in any of their subsidiaries” (emphasis added).
Section 94.b of the Local Government Code mirrors that provision as well:
“Except for losing candidates in barangay elections, no candidate who lost in any election shall,within one year after such election, be appointed to any office in the government or any government-owned and controlled corporation or in any of their subsidiaries.“
It has been reported that a number of people associated with President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2016 campaign organization are being considered for government positions. This includes Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who is rumored to be the next Foreign Affairs secretary, and former Senator Bongbong Marcos, who might be the next Interior Secretary. Both Cayetano and Marcos ran for Vice President in the 2016 elections, but was defeated in the race by Leni Robredo.
Others in Duterte’s senatorial line-up are also likely to get government jobs include former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Chief Dionisio Santiago, former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan, former Quezon City Rep. Dante Liban, former Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, and whistle blower Sandra Cam.