Duterte camp prepares for transition

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — With the presidency clearly within his grasp, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s staff is now shifting gear from campaigning to taking over the country’s leadership.

Duterte’s spokesman, Peter Laviña, said on Tuesday (May 10) there would be four groups to be formed to ensure a smooth transition.

The first group, the overall transition committee, will directly coordinate with the current administration and also reach out to the embassies of countries cited in controversial statements by the mayor during the campaign — the United States, Australia and Singapore.

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The second group, the selection committee, is tasked to vet possible members of the Cabinet.

Duterte already has some people in mind. He said schoolmates Carlos Dominguez, the finance head in his campaign, and Arthur Tugade, former Clark Development corporation president, will be part of his economic team.

Dominguez and Tugade joined the mayor Monday night at the compound of Davao-based religious leader and longtime Duterte supporter Apollo Quiboloy.

Duterte offered the Foreign Affairs portfolio to Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano but the senator has yet to accept, especially since he could not be appointed to and Cabinet post until a year after the election.

Former presidential spokesman Jesus Dureza has been chosen by Duterte to be his peace adviser while lawyer Sal Panelo and Laviña will be appointed spokespersons.

The third group, the policy group, will oversee key programs to be carried out in the new administration's first 100 days, and first six months.

The fourth group will be in charge of arranging Duterte's inauguration.

Key programs that will require national consensus have also been identified — the fight against drugs and crime, the proposed shift to a parliamentary-federal form of government, which would require constitutional amendments, and the peace negotiations with all rebel groups.

Nationwide curfew, liquor ban

Laviña said Duterte is considering a nationwide curfew and a liquor ban, “after consultation with all concerned parties.”

“He can do it, of course, by executive order, but the best is through the democratic process of legislating these measures,” Laviña said.

The curfew and the liquor ban will be modeled after Davao's regulations. The curfew, which starts at 10 p.m., will cover only unsupervised minors or children unaccompanied by their parents or guardians.

The 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. public liquor ban will give restaurant and hotel staff enough time to rest to allow them to return to work the next day.

Laviña said this is not meant to deny personal freedoms, and “you can, of course, drink to your heart’s content in your private homes.”

For a candidate who promised change as soon as he steps into office, time is of the essence.

CNN Philippines' JC Ansis contributed to this report.