Not all Cabinet men part of Aquino campaign — Palace

September 9, 2010 10:12 am 

MANILA, Sept. 8 — Malacanang said Wednesday that President Benigno S. Aquino III cast a wide net in selecting members of his official family, pointing out that not all of them were part of his presidential campaign.

In a press briefing at Malacanang, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda debunked critics’ claims that the President used cabinet positions to pay back political debts.

“Many people believe in his mission and his advocacy and it so happened that people who were in the campaign shared that same vision. It is very logical for a person to appoint people of like mind,” he said.

Lacierda cited Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo and Acting Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz who were not involved in any way in the campaign.

“So the president cast a wide net in looking for his cabinet officials, not necessarily related to him or who had helped during the campaign,” he stressed.

The Presidential Spokesperson stressed that the President with the help of the Search Committee looked for the most qualified person to head a particular department.

In another development, Lacierda assured that the Chief Executive will appoint a new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief who he believes will carry out the mandate of the PNP.

PNP Director-General Jesus Verzosa is set to retire on September 14, or three months ahead of his mandatory retirement date. (PNA)

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