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‘Fake news,’ Pres. Marcos says of rumored DOF leadership change  

by Leila Salaverria

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has no plan to replace Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno.

Marcos on Tuesday denied speculation that he was going to sack Diokno and replace him with Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, who had served as economic adviser of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“Fake news. I don’t know where it comes from. Why would I do that? We’ve assembled a great team,” Marcos told reporters at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay.

Marcos also said It would be a bad move to make major changes at the DOF at this time. 

“We’re trying to go down a certain direction.It’s a very, very poor time to, as I say, change horses in midstream,” he said. 

Earlier in the day, Diokno said he did not know where the rumors about him being replaced had come from.

But he was not bothered about it, said Diokno, who used to be the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor. 

“I just work nonstop unceasingly to do my job. And I always think of what’s the greatest good for the greatest number,” he told reporters.

He also said his relationship with Mr. Marcos was “very good.”

The rumor about Diokno being replaced came amid the appointment of Romeo Lumagui Jr. as head of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Lumagui replaced Lilia Guillermo, who was Diokno’s choice for the BIR. 



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