No problem with brother, relatives in govt amid new appointment – Erwin Tulfo

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 31) — Incoming social welfare secretary Erwin Tulfo does not see any problem with his brother and relatives also holding public office under the administration of president-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

In an interview with CNN Philippines' The Source on Tuesday, Erwin was asked whether he has hesitations about his Cabinet appointment despite having a brother in the Senate, and a sister-in-law and nephew securing congressional seats.

Senator-elect Raffy Tulfo will start his term in the 19th Congress, while his wife Jocelyn Tulfo of ACT-CIS Party-list and son Ralph Tulfo of Quezon City second district will be working together in the House of Representatives.

Erwin even sees the situation as a positive thing, since his brother and relatives can help fast-track related laws that need to be passed.

"As a matter of fact, I welcome it as good news," he said. "Yung sister-in-law ko and my nephew are in Congress and they will be able to help me kapag meron kaming batas na gustong ipapasa diyan sa Congress, and definitely it will go up to the Senate for final approval, so nandoon ang brother ko."

[Translation: My sister-in-law and nephew are in Congress and they will be able to help me if we want a measure to be passed in Congress, and definitely it will go up to the Senate for final approval, so my brother is there.]

Erwin was among the latest names included in the Marcos Cabinet, ahead of their first day in office next month.

The veteran broadcaster challenged himself to a deadline of six months to a year to provide immediate assistance to beneficiaries affected by disasters, once he gets to lead the Department of Social Welfare and Development, which is currently headed by Secretary Rolando Bautista.

He also promised to be a secretary “on the ground,” who will listen to the needs of the sectors in need, just like he did when he was leading his public service programs over the years.

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Tulfo said he will be meeting with Bautista in the coming days, noting that they have already resolved their differences. He also apologized for previously calling out Bautista, who refused to grant his requests for an interview on his radio program.