Palace satisfied over Noynoy's assurance of due process in review of appointments

June 17, 2010 8:30 pm 

MANILA, June 17 — Malacanang on Thursday expressed satisfaction over the reported assurance from President-elect Beningo Aquino III that his planned review of recent government appointments will be subject to prevailing laws, regulations and proper procedures.

The Palace sentiment was relayed during a press briefing by Presidential Spokesman Ricardo Saludo as he sought to allay the fears of government workers of being dislocated outright as soon as the new administration has taken over.

“Ang darating na administrasyon ay kokonsultahin ang kanilang bagong executive secretary, justice secretary at ang Civil Service Commission para malaman kung talagang dapat ngang hilingin na magbitiw na ang mga tauhan (The incoming administration will consult the new executive secretary, justice secretary and the Civil Service Commission in the review of appointments),” Secretary Saludo said, quoting a news report on Aquino’s assurance.

Saludo pointed out that there are laws, regulations and procedures that need to be considered before assessing whether such appointments should cease or not.

Saludo said the appointing authority has the prerogative to remove personnel “if there is a basis for it” but he reiterated that all the appointments made by the outgoing administration were legal.

“We don’t know of any ‘midnight’ appointments by the outgoing administration,” he stressed.

While there were certain appointments done after the deadline, Saludo said they were in the nature of temporary and emergency appointments which are to expire with the President's term on June 30. Some officials, however, whose terms will expire on June 30 may act under holdover capacity in order to ensure continuity in government services, he added. (PNA) scs/OPS/ssc

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