'Marcos was hinting': Remulla knew of Cabinet offer even before polls

Published May 23, 2022, 11:19 AM

by Ellson Quismorio

Presumptive president Bongbong Marcos offered Cavite 7th district Rep. Boying Remulla the position of Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary even before the May 9 polls.

Presumptive president Bongbong Marcos (left) and Cavite 7th district Rep. Boying Remulla

This can be gleaned from Remulla’s remarks Monday, May 23, as the recently reelected congressman confirmed to reporters that he has accepted the Cabinet post offer.

“I did not apply for it [DOJ secretary]. And parang (it was like) he was hinting to me already. Kahit na wala pa yung boto (Even when the votes weren’t there yet), that he wanted me there, more. Parang ganun (It was like that),” Remulla said, referring to how presumptive president Bongbong Marcos recruited him to his incoming Cabinet.

Cavite is among the most vote-rich provinces in the country. It is for this reason that reporters wondered if his nomination to the DOJ post had something to do with Cavite’s “delivery” of votes to Marcos last May 9.

But Remulla said he and former senator Marcos go way back.

“Marami na kaming pinagsamahan (We’ve been through a lot) in the past kasi we were together from 2007 to 2010 in the House. Parehas kaming congressman (We were both comgressmen) at that time so we would always have conversations talaga. I had I think two chances to travel with him. Two to three chances to travel with him,” he said

He also alluded to an instance that supposedly “drew him closer” to Marcos, but didn’t give specifics.

“Just an experience na talagang (that was really) unforgettable sa aking pamilya (to my family). Nakita ko ang puso ni (I saw the heart of) Bongbong Marcos.