By Nestor Corrales, November 5 2018; Philippine Daily Inquirer


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Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles is the next Cabinet Secretary to replace former Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco, who has filed his Certificate of Candidacy as Bohol governor, a reliable source told INQUIRER.net Monday.

The source said Nograles would take his oath before President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday in Malacañang.

Asked to confirm Nograles’ appointment, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a text message said, “Just wait for the announcement.”

Panelo earlier said Nograles was one of the “leading” choices to replace Evasco.

READ: Duterte eyeing Nograles as Cabinet secretary

Nograles was initially included in the possible senatorial slate of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for the 2019 midterm elections but later said that he would no longer run in next year’s elections.

READ: Nograles drops Senate bid

He is on his third and final term as Davao City Representative. /cbb