The incoming Noynoy Aquino administration has slowly come out with the list of its Cabinet secretaries. So far, those announced or confirmed include incoming Executive Secretary Atty. Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa, incoming Secretary of Justice Leila De Lima, incoming Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, and incoming Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita “Ging” Deles.
There are a lot of others who are in one list or another but they are not being confirmed for the moment. However, one can already glimpse the mix of new and old faces in the incoming Aquino cabinet. New and old, in the sense of the old administrations, being in government, or as practicing politicians.
It is evident that President Aquino (or P.Noy, as he wants us to call him) opts for mixes of experience and outside expertise, competence and vision, practicalness and idealism, and continuity and a break with the past. The common ingredients seem to be trust, integrity, and openness to reform.
This approach is a double-edge sword. It enables a lively mix of ideas and views within the Cabinet but risks unwieldy and scattered initiatives. It can produce, on consensus, potentially the best solutions to problems; it may also produce discordant voices without the solution. the best Cabinet is the one that marches in step with their principal, sometimes ahead a little, sometimes following him just behind, but never a laggard or a preemptive subaltern.
So far, so good. However, let us wait for the senior Cabinet positions to be filled up before we can make a final judgment.