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CABINET MEN, SENIOR OFFICIALS WHO WILL SUPPORT ADMINISTRATION CANDIDATES SHOULD ALSO RESIGN – BINAY

Posted in UNO Press Release with tags , , on September 24, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
24 SEPTEMBER 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

Cabinet members and other ranking officials of the Arroyo administration who will express their support for administration candidates should also be asked to resign, Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay said.

“If Malacanang wants to show a professional Cabinet and a professional bureaucracy that is focused only on their work, then it should also ask for the resignation of those who will support administration candidates,” he said.

“Cabinet members are alter egos of the President in terms of policy, not necessarily politics. But the problem is the Arroyo administration is a practitioner of group-think, and will not tolerate independent minds,” he said.

Binay said by not resigning, appointed government officials who have expressed support for the candidates of Mrs. Arroyo will again be in a position to use the formidable resources of the national government for election purposes.

“We will be looking at a possible replay of 2004, when everything – from fertilizer funds to road user’s tax – were utilized for the presidential campaign of Mrs. Arroyo,” he said.

The opposition leader earlier said cracks are now starting to show at the Cabinet level, and that defections from the local to the national level will transform Malacanang into “a lonely place” after the Nov. 30 deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy.

Palace officials had asked Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo to resign after he said he was supporting Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. It has also been reported that Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. intends to run for president.

“No one wants to be identified with an administration that is distrusted by the people, and an administration candidate who has pledged six more years of hunger, poverty, political repression and abuse of authority,” he said.

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BINAY SAYS ALL IS NOT WELL WITHIN ARROYO CABINET; SEES MORE HIGH-LEVEL ADMIN OFFICIALS SUPPORTING OPPOSITION

Posted in UNO Press Release with tags , , on September 23, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
23 SEPTEMBER 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

‘After Nov. 30, Malacanang will be loneliest place in the country’

BINAY SAYS ALL IS NOT WELL WITHIN ARROYO CABINET; SEES MORE HIGH-LEVEL ADMIN OFFICIALS SUPPORTING OPPOSITION

Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today said “all is not well” within the Arroyo Cabinet following statements made by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo that he was supporting Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and the reported plan of Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. to run for president.

“When you have a situation where two Cabinet members are not supporting Mrs. Arroyo’s choice for the 2010 election, it shows that all is not well within the Arroyo Cabinet. The pessimism about the chances of Mrs. Arroyo’s candidate winning fair and square has apparently reached the highest level of government,” he said.

The opposition leader said he expects more Arroyo administration officials to jump ship in the weeks leading to the November 30 deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2010 elections.

“The exodus has already started and Secretary Romulo will not be the first and last high-level official who will express support for the opposition,” he said.

“After the November 30 deadline, you can expect mass desertions to the side of the opposition, from the national to the local level. Starting December 1, Malacanang will be the loneliest place in the Philippines ,” he added.

“No one wants to be identified with an administration that is distrusted by the people, and an administration candidate who has pledged six more years of hunger, poverty, political repression and abuse of authority,” he said.

Earlier, Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) Commissioner Jaime Jacob resigned his post to campaign for Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Administration congressmen, governors, and mayors have either signed up or are set to join opposition political parties, he said.

Binay said the realignments that are expected to happen will all be favorable to the opposition.

Recently, local officials, most of them belonging to Lakas-Kampi-CMD, announced their support for Binay, who plans to run for vice president.

Malacañang had urged Cabinet members who cannot support the candidates of Mrs. Arroyo to resign, following reports that the Foreign Affairs Secretary was supporting Aquino.

A Cabinet official had said as the alter egos of the President, Cabinet members should support her choice for the presidency, and the honorable thing to do, if they cannot support her, was to resign.