Independence not welcome
A LOT of things have changed for the better under the current administration. But, apparently, some “non-Daang Matuwid” habits die hard—like the habit of replacing government appointees (regardless of his or her performance) just because the person doesn’t belong to the posse of a Cabinet member.
Word on the street is that some top honchos of government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs) are on their way out despite doing commendable work for the agencies they now head. One such “on-his-way-out” official, we hear, is Luis Sison, who heads Philippine National Construction Corp. Sison—a longtime ally and supporter of the Aquino family—has been instrumental in keeping the financially troubled PNCC on an even keel in recent years.
His efforts (along with that of Sen. Franklin Drilon) helped preserve some P18 billion worth of PNCC assets that would have otherwise been turned over to a foreign shell company called Radstock under questionable terms. But apparently, Sison has been doing too well of late as a fiscalizer at PNCC, pointing out weaknesses in the policies of some higher-ups and refusing to swallow poor policy prescriptions hook, line and sinker. So yes, he’s on his way out, we hear.
Another GOCC head on her way out, we’re told, is Land Bank of the Philippines president Gilda Pico. A career official, Pico became Landbank president under former Finance Secretary Gary Teves. The government bank is doing well, no doubt. But maybe she’s not viewed to be “part of the team” since she was appointed under the Arroyo administration.
We hear that both Sison and Pico have run afoul of a Cabinet official because of their… ehem… independent views. So expect more loyal replacements in the coming weeks. Daxim L. Lucas