Agra: PGMA's new appointments not covered by election ban

March 29, 2010 11:34 pm 

MANILA, March 29 – The new appointments made by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for some government officials are not covered by the ban on midnight appointments.

Acting Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary and concurrent Solicitor General Alberto Agra aired this Monday in reaction to criticisms against the alleged successive midnight appointments made by President Arroyo.

Agra said that some of the appointments being questioned were made by the President even before the election ban took effect on March 10, 2010.

However, Agra said, the transmittal and appointment letters for the affected officials may have only been delayed.

Such delay, he said, could have been the reason why others think that such appointments made by the President were covered by the election ban.

Agra further said that the election ban also does not cover the appointment of new designation, detail or re-assignment, temporary appointment and the appointment for the contractual and casual even if such appointments were made by the President during the period of the election ban that started on March 10, 2010.

He said that the DOJ did not use the decision of the Supreme Court as basis for such appointments, but rather, the 1987 Philippine Constitution itself that vests such powers to the President. (PNA)

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