NP claims Noynoy forming a ‘GMA Cabinet’
MANILA, Philippines – The Nacionalista Party (NP) on Saturday scored Liberal Party standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino Jr. for allegedly forming a Cabinet way ahead of the May 10 automated elections.
“Aquino is clearly jumping too soon,” the NP said in a statement, hinting that Aquino is being overconfident that he will win the presidential race.
Aquino has slowly regained his wide lead over the NP standard-bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. in the presidential survey. The latest Pulse Asia survey showed Aquino gaining a double-digit margin from his closest rival.
“This is proof that Aquino is already thinking of holding the highest position in the land when the election is still a month away. How can he do this when he has yet to prove that he will win the election?” the NP said. “And worst is that the Aquino presidency will be a virtual Arroyo administration with a GMA rehash Cabinet.”
Without naming its source, the NP said that among the future appointees of Aquino is Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Undersecretary Thomson Lantion.
It said Lantion, a former police official who is close to President Arroyo’s current executive secretary, Leandro Mendoza, will be appointed by Aquino as DOTC secretary.
The NP claimed that the other future Aquino appointees are re-electionist Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza as head of the Department of Agrarian Reform; North Cotabato Vice Gov. Emmanuel Piñol as secretary the Department of Energy; Avelino “Nonong” Cruz as National Defense chief; former Education Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad as Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways; former Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman as Department of Environment and Natural Resources head; Ed Gana as Department of agriculture chief;
Former Economic Planning Secretary Ralph Recto, now running for senator under the Liberal Party as head of the Department of Finance; Makati Business Club’s Ramon del Rosario as Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government; Leah Navarro of the Black and White Movement as Presidential Management Staff chief; and former Pangasinan governor Victor Agbayani as secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry.
The NP predicted that if Aquino wins, they expect him to appoint relatives and friends to his future Cabinet.