CA confirms appointments of 57 AFP senior officers; rejects Saludo

September 30, 2009 9:45 am 

MANILA, Sept. 30 – The Commission on Appointments confirmed on Wednesday the appointments of 57 senior officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines even as it rejected the appointment of Secretary Ricardo Saludo.

Among the confirmed AFP senior officers, nine have been promoted to the grade of brigadier general, one to lieutenant general, two to major general, one to commodore while the remaining 44 to the grade of colonel.

The confirmed AFP senior officers include Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer; commodore Honorio Robert Balanon, Jr.; Maj. Generals Vicente Porto and Antonio Bautista; and, Brigadier Generals Julius Moreno, Bonifacio de Castro, Lorenzo Gumba, Edgardo Mendoza, Ricardo Banayat, Nelia Buenaflor, Gominto Pirino, Rolando Hautea, Jr., and Lauro Catalino dela Cruz.

However, the CA rejected the appointment of Saludo as chairman of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) due to lack of minimum qualification.

Agusan del Sur Rep. Rodolfo ‘Ompong’ Plaza, who moved for the rejection of Saludo’s ad interim appointment and nomination, said the CSC head should be a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

”Since the CSC is a quasi-judicial body that chairs and decides on cases of government officials, it is our belief and contention that it should be led by somebody who has full knowledge about the legal matters and that he or she be therefore be a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines,” Plaza said in a media interview.

Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan seconded the motion of Plaza, vice chairman of the CA, and approved by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile after nobody opposed the rejection.

”We want to professionalize the government service and, therefore, the head of the CSC should be knowledgeable about the law and all legal matters,” Plaza chairman, explained.

With the rejection of the appointment, Enrile said Saludo cannot be appointed again by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

”He (Saludo) cannot be re-appointed. Malacanang has to appoint another qualified individual for the position,” Enrile explained.

Plaza said it was the first time the CA rejected an appointment.

Saludo, a former journalist, joined the government in 2001 as undersecretary and head of the Policy Group of the Presidential Management Staff.

In 2002, he was appointed as cabinet secretary and later deputy presidential spokesperson, a position he gave up in September 2004 to focus on his work as cabinet secretary. (PNA)

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