Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr.
President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has named former Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos as the next secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
- BA History and Political Science from De La Salle University (1982)
- Bachelor of Laws degree from Ateneo de Manila University (1987)
- Passed the Philippine Bar Examination in 1987
- Campaign manager of Marcos Jr. for the 2022 presidential elections
- Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (January 2021 – February 2022)
- Presiding officer of the Metro Manila Council – the governing board and policy-making organization of the MMDA
- Mayor of Mandaluyong from 2007 to 2016
- Congressman of the lone district of Mandaluyong from 2004 to 2007
- Mayor of Mandaluyong from 1998 to 2004
- City councilor of Mandaluyong from 1995 to 1998
Dubbed Mandaluyong the “Tiger City of the Philippines” during his first term as Mandaluyong mayor as it was named the most business-friendly city in the Philippines in 2008 and in 2013 by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
To continue Duterte admin’s projects with a focus on incoming government’s policies:
- Full devolution to local government units
- Promote peace and order
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Does not directly involve him: Extortion carried out by two traffic enforcers under Abalos’ watch as MMDA chief was caught on video in May 2021 and went viral.
- Abalos approved the termination from service of the traffic enforcers, saying the office “does not and will never condone any wrongdoing” of MMDA personnel.
Part of Mandaluyong’s ruling political clan; son of Benjamin Abalos Sr, who now returns as mayor of Mandaluyong after 24 years.
- The older Abalos previously served as chair of the Commission on Elections but resigned in the middle of a corruption scandal that accused him of offering a Cabinet member of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo millions of dollars in bribes to help Chinese firm ZTE win a $329 million contract for a nationwide broadband network for the Philippine government.