ANGARA, ZUBIRI TO NOY: CHOOSE RIGHT PEOPLE; EXERCISE PRUDENCE

(PHOTOS FROM GOOGLE- ANGARA AND ZUBIRI)

MANILA
, MAY 11, 2011
 (STAR) By Christina Mendez - Amid reports of intense lobbying from various sectors as the ban on the appointment of losing candidates ends today, Sen. Edgardo Angara urged President Aquino to choose the right people for the right jobs.

“I hope he really picks good people and recruits talented and competent people, not just simply on the basis of political affiliation,” Angara said.

While the present batch of appointees is a good combination of “several recycled” and “entirely new ones,” Angara said there is no substitute to more experienced people helping the President.

Angara also expressed concern over reports that former senator Manuel Roxas II may be named presidential chief of staff, saying it might widen the gap between the warring factions in the Aquino administration.

“It may not be helpful. It’s divisive. It may intensify the internal squabbling,” Angara said.

He said the President should also provide a “clear cut” definition of Roxas’ job as chief of staff, noting that a presidential chief of staff has vast authority but undefined responsibility.

‘Go beyond partisan politics’

Angara meanwhile frowned at the President’s lunch meeting with Liberal Party (LP) senators Franklin Drilon, Teofisto Guingona III, Francis Pangilinan and Ralph Recto in Malacañang yesterday.

He said Aquino should go beyond partisan politics if he wants his legislative agenda to get moving in the Senate.

“When you are already a president under our system, you are already a non-partisan president,” Angara said.

He said the President should be able to “look beyond the borders, beyond his partisan borders, beyond his buddies but take all people into his bosom and be president of all.”

When told that the President made a pitch for the postponement of elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) during the meeting, Angara said the four LP senators could not provide the majority to enact a law for the postponement of the ARMM elections.

‘Exercise prudence’

Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri has filed Senate Resolution 459 appealing to the President to exercise prudence in appointing individuals to key government posts.

“As a guide, the President may refrain from appointing individuals who have pending cases in courts, particularly graft and corruption cases before the Sandiganbayan and other courts and should appoint only individuals of proven competence, unsullied integrity and unquestionable honesty,” Zubiri said.

Zubiri urged the President to consider the investigation by various government agencies, including cases filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Ombudsman in screening applicants.

He said the Commission on Appointments should also reject the appointment of any Cabinet member with pending cases in court.

“If the administration is sincere in its campaign for daang matuwid or straight path, the President should not appoint those who have pending cases in the Sandiganbayan or any other courts, as these cases have undergone preliminary investigation for possible violation of laws. Let this be a yardstick for those who apply for any government position,” Zubiri said.

Zubiri said the President should also give qualified career executives the opportunity to better serve the country.


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