Lacson dismayed over 2 non-cooperative Cabinet members

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

PRESIDENTIAL Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday expressed dismay over at least two Cabinet officials whom he claimed were not cooperative on the government's efforts to rehabilitate areas ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

"Parang walang pakialam, na alam nilang dapat cohesive 'yung coordination at saka 'yung mga usapan," Lacson said in a press briefing in Malacanang.

But the former senator refused to name the Cabinet officials, saying, "I need not name them, alam naman nila kung sino sila. So mga dalawa o tatlo lang naman 'yon."

He said the third Cabinet official has somewhat changed the attitude recently and is now responding to their concerns.

He said those officials took time to reply or never replied at all whenever his office raised some issues.

"Maski ilang panawagan ang gawin, walang response. Wala man lang sabihing 'hindi pwede, hindi namin kaya' — basta as in wala. Hindi ba frustrating 'yon?" Lacson said.

He said he was trying to understand how busy these officials were.

"Pero ito calamity ito e, sana man lang (tumulong)," he further lamented.

Lacson also proposed that these officials should instead name their point person who could easily approach them and whom they would listen to.

"Kasi pwedeng labas-pasok sa office ninyo, kung hindi niyo naman pinakikinggan, useless din. At kung pinakikinggan niyo nga, pero makikipag-appointment pa sa inyo nang ilang linggo bago ninyo mabigyan ng appointment, e patay din ang kabayo. So 'yan ang dalawang kwalipikasyon lang na hinihingi namin," he said.

Lacson said he did not raise yet to President Benigno Aquino III his concerns regarding these two Cabinet officials.

But one of these days, the official said he might discuss it with the President. (SDR/Sunnex)

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