Ex-military general named Palace undersecretary

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has appointed retired General Emmanuel Bautista as undersecretary under the Office of the President (OP), a Palace official said Tuesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that Bautista has concurrent position of executive director of the Security, Justice, and Peace Cluster of the Cabinet.

Bautista will directly coordinate with Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., who is the head of the security cluster.

Coloma said Bautista was appointed to government post due to his qualifications.

"Batay ‘yon sa kanyang pagtaya sa kanilang kapabilidad in terms of leadership and management. Kung tutunghayan natin ang record ng kanyang mga in-appoint, lahat naman sila ay mayroong kakayahan at mayroong kapabalidad. Pansinin din natin, maaga ‘yung retirement age sa military -- 56 years old lamang -- at nakapanghihinayang naman kung ang kanilang husay at galing sa pamumuno ay hindi mapapakinabangan. Pero ‘yung pagpili sa kanila ay batay sa kakayahan at sa merito," Coloma said in a press briefing when asked why the President has the tendency of appointing retired military officers to government posts.

Among the former military generals whom Aquino appointed to government after their retirement were Ricardo David, Eduardo Oban Jr. and Jessie Dellosa.

Coloma said the President believes that Bautista has the capacity to give important inputs in the Security, Justice and Peace Cluster of the Cabinet.

"Naniniwala ang Pangulo na siya ay may kapasidad na magbigay ng mahalagang ambag sa pamamagitan ng kanyang kaalaman hinggil sa security situation batay sa kanyang karanasan bilang Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces at Commanding General of the Philippine Army, at siya rin ‘yung principal author ‘nung 'Internal Security Plan,' ‘yung Bayanihan. Kaya malawak at malalim ang kanyang karanasan sa aspetong ‘yan. Makakapagbigay siya ng mga mahahalagang inputs sa mga discussions ng Security Cluster ng ating Gabinete," he said.

He added that the ex-general could also provide inputs on how the government could handle the territorial row with China. (SDR/Sunnex)

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