Another ex-Arroyo Cabinet secretary accepts post from Aquino
Posted by akosistella on May 27, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) President-apparent Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino III has appointed another former member of incumbent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Cabinet who resigned at the height of allegations that Arroyo cheated in the 2004 elections.
Teresita “Ging” Deles herself announced Wednesday that she accepted Aquino’s offer to return to government as presidential adviser on the peace process – a post she held when she resigned, along with nine other Cabinet members, in 2005.
“Yes,” Deles said when asked by reporters if she accepted Aquino’s offer after their lunch meeting at the senator’s residence in Times Street in Quezon City.
Arroyo offers Aquino camp Palace tour
MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is open to giving her presumptive successor, Senator Benigno Aquino III, a tour of Malacañang to ease the transition to a new administration.
<A Malacañang tour for Aquino, similar to the White House one that outgoing President George Bush gave the then President-elect Senator Barack Obama in 2008, was included in the preparations for the handover, said Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza.
“We’re open to that. As a matter of fact that’s part of the preparations that we’re doing,” Mendoza said.
RE: Aquino Cabinet, it appears to be shaping up as a Cabinet of old faces and has-beens. Other names that have cropped are Bobby de Ocampo as finance secretary, Sonny Dominguez as agricultural secretary, Popoy Juico as agrarian reform secretary, Cesar Purisima or Nestlé’s Johnny Santos as trade and industry secretary, just to name a few.
While this blogger has nothing personal against all these outstanding personalities who are all well-respected in their fields (two of them were even my bosses!), I’m thinking is this it? Are these the only people the Aquino search committee has found to be suitable to be Cabinet secretaries? Surely there are other business and finance executives who are competent as well, and who are younger and infused w/ more idealism and energy, who can head these government agencies?
No doubt there are a number of sipsips who have already forwarded their CVs to the search committee to be considered for a Cabinet post. (In fact one of them has his supporters textblasting media to get him appointed to the post he used to hold. Cheap trick dude.) With the heavy-duty problems the President-elect will have to face, he needs dependable, professional and honest people to help him tackle these.
So the members of the Aquino Cabinet search committee shouldn’t be lazy. Look beyond the old faces and the sipsips. Or maybe, the search committee shouldn’t even look that far; there are a number of dedicated and hard-working officials in those gov’t agencies who can very well head those institutions. And there are quite a few Cabinet secretaries/bureau directors who shouldn’t even be removed at all.