Rep. Rodante Marcoleta has not been appointed the new justice secretary, contrary to a claim spreading on Facebook.

Facebook page UniTeam BBM-Sara posted the false claim on May 15:

WELL DESERVED. CONGRATULATIONS to our newly appointed Department of Justice Secretary Atty. Rodante Marcoleta. Di rin pala nasayang ang votes namin syo (Our votes were not wasted).

Although a list of possible candidates for presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos’ Cabinet circulating on Facebook includes Marcoleta as justice secretary, Marcos hasn’t officially disclosed his choice.

He has to date only announced that he would name his running mate Sara Duterte education secretary and his campaign manager, Benjamin Abalos Jr., as interior secretary.

But Marcos cannot appoint anyone to public office yet as he is still not the country’s president. He has not been formally proclaimed by Congress as president and, more important, taken his oath as president.

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