ABS-CBN quoted Ed Lacierda saying:
“The list was transmitted to CA sometime July 28, the Executive Order forming the Communications Group was issued August 9. There’s no way for their names to be transmitted because there was no communications group to speak of in the first place. Therefore, the insinuation that Secretary Coloma and Secretary Carandang are serving in an acting capacity is inaccurate,” Lacierda said.
“Since the EO came out August 4, it behooves the office of the Executive Secretary to transmit the names of Secretary Carandang and Secretary Coloma to the CA.”
It’s a different story for Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo after Malacañang confirmed he is indeed serving in an acting capacity.
A Facebook group has sprung up in defense of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. As of this writing, 406 have already signed up.
The Facebook group wrote:
Dear President Noynoy Aquino,
Good day to you!
Thank you very much for clarifying the matter regarding DILG Sec. Robredo’s role during the hostage crisis. We all believe that he is one of the best effective and ethical leaders in your Cabinet. We believe that with your continued trust and support he will continue to initiate and spearhead transparency, public accountability and genuine reforms in our government. We hope that you will not be swayed by the criticisms that are thrown at him by politicians with self-serving and vested interests.
During your inauguration speech you promised that you will listen to the voice of the Filipino people, we hope that you would heed our call to give your unequivocal support to Sec. Robredo by supporting and strongly recommending him for confirmation at the Commission on Appointments (CA). We believe that his confirmation will be a testament to your government’s commitment towards appointing only the most competent and ethical public sector leaders in our country.
Thank you very much Mr. President for your time in reading this letter. Rest assured that we will continue to help you in achieving your promises to promote good governance towards leading our nation to the right path.
Mabuhay po kayo! Mabuhay po si DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo! Mabuhay po ang mamamayang Pilipino!
Para sa ating Inang Bayan,
Ang mga mabubuting mamamayang Pilipino