Philippines President-apparent Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is really being trashed with problems by the outgoing Arroyo administration. Aside from billions in budget deficit, corruptions and economic meltdown these so-called “midnight appointments” will really place the incoming and outgoing president of the land in the battlefield.
The 60-day ban on appointments took effect on March 10 prior to the May 10, 2010 Elections. But President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her allies were all set to fill in those positions instead of waiting for the incoming president to do the honors. The next president, especially if he comes from the opposition, will find it hard working with these appointees. Were these appointments intentional to hide or clear the mess or a way to make it hard for the next president to govern the land? There are more than 200 appointments that have been made and nearly all have been accepted by the appointees. Will all those appointments be considered legal? I am not a lawyer and all I can say is that if the appointments were made before the ban everything is legal.
It is said that the incoming president will review all these midnight appointments and will do everything in his capacity to make the ball roll to his advantage. Malacañang said that everything is done in accordance with the law and that the only way for the incoming president to appoint people of his choice is if these appointees will make their courtesy resignations.
President Arroyo is said to be the president who received the highest unsatisfactory and distrustful ratings from the Filipino people. The midnight appointments were highly criticized by the people and fellow public servants. Setting aside the issue of legality, critics want the outgoing president and those appointees who accepted their appointments to have even an ounce of delicadeza.
The pages below show the controversial midnight appointments of President Arroyo in Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCC) including the Office of the President (OP). Some still have delicadeza to decline the appointments but too many do not.
Arroyo issues midnight madness of appointments
Manicurist, billionaire’s daughter, decline midnight appointments