Marcos to hold meeting to discuss transition team, future plans

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) — Leading presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos is set to discuss the composition of his transition team once he secures victory, his spokesperson said Tuesday.

Marcos spokesperson Vic Rodriguez told CNN Philippines' The Source that a meeting will be held within the day to discuss the matter, as well as potential Cabinet members under his administration.

"This afternoon, magpupulong na kami at isa nga 'yan sa pag-uusapan, ang composition ng kanyang transition team, sino more or less ang makokonsidera sa incoming administration, at ang kanyang magiging pahayag o address to the nation," Rodriguez said.

[Translation: This afternoon, we will meet and that is one of the things that we will discuss, the composition of his transition team, who will likely be considered under the incoming admnistration, and what he will say in his next address to the nation.]

Rodriguez said there are names that are already being considered for the Cabinet post, but the Marcos camp did not initially want to concretize anything ahead of election day.

"Siguro mamayang gabi o bukas more or less may idea na kaming lahat kung ano ang magiging composition ng [presidential candidate] Bongbong Marcos transition team," he said.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Marcos camp already declared victory, despite the pending official vote count for president. The nearly completed, unofficial count from the Commission on Elections' transparency server shows him with a wide lead over archrival Vice President Leni Robredo.

The unofficial tally so far showed the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos garnering an unprecedented vote of more than 31 million while Robredo is at a far second place with 14.8 million votes.

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte created a transition committee to oversee the turnover of government business to whoever will be the next president. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will lead the committee.

The next Philippine president will only be proclaimed later this month after Congress finishes its official canvassing for the presidential and vice presidential race.