Political appointees fired by Pres. DU30 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2016 14:20

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Effective Monday, August 22, thousands presidential appointees were terminated from their position, especially in government agencies noted for alleged corruption. The presidential executive order was disguised as “courtesy resignation”, a standard procedure in government once a new chief executive assumes office. In some government offices, it is termed as “loyalty check”. This is the best form of selection to weed out the undesirables and to retain the efficient government employees, through a re-appointment and to accommodate loyal, deserving and qualified supporters. Table Talk sees no valid reason why  “human rights” is invoked in this Standard Operational Procedures in an office to rid it of “bad eggs”. In the first place, their presidential sppointment is a prerogative of the highest appointing authority and has happened since the start of civil service. All past presidents did this move and it is surprising why some quarters are questioning President Rodrigo Duterte who have just done what other past presidents already did. Is it because, President Duterte is a staunch anti-corruption president? One may perceived that there are more to it  than meet the eye, by those who are against the president’s latest move in the Civil Service.

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It could have been a better move, if those sectors against the president’s call to terminate all presidential appointees to have just agreed and suggested to the president that it should be effective to all presidential appointees in all the government agencies throughout the country. This will pave the way for a faster solution to government corruption in the country. Almost all anti-corruption statistics in the country reveal that almost all government agencies in the country are infested with alleged corrupt employees, ironically from top to bottom. This statistics landed the Philippines a top slot in the United Nations report of corrupt governments of the world.

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Honestly, the Philippines lags behind China, Russia and some Middle East countries, who are also members of the United Nations in the violation of “Human Rights” against their citizens. In fact and in truth, “human rights” violations in the Philippines are mostly against the law abiding and the law enforcers. Why complain of “human rights” violation if the President of the Philippines, terminates presidential appointees who are prone to corruption? There must be a better way to defend the corrupt, unless the defenders of the corrupt “are birds of the same feather”.

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Some leaders of religious groups in the country, cry foul whenever President Duterte implements his campaign promise of clean government, no corruption and drug free Philippines. A covenant the president made with the Filipino people. The people agreed with him and gave him an overwhelming vote of approval. What President Duterte is implementing right now is what religion has been preaching in their churches for centuries. Why cry foul? Is this not a “double standard” of beliefs?

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United Nations is now worried on the “human rights” violations in our country as an offshoot of the anti-illegal drug campaign of President Duterte. International law does not overrule the laws of a sovereign country, U.N. must not directly interfere with the affairs of our country. They may collate information for their purpose but not teach our government much more or president what to do and not to do. With or without U.N. intervention, public opinion will happen, and whether it will be a good or bad public opinion for our country, is the  prize for our development for as long as we upheld our prestige and dignity as a free country. North Korea and China have been violating international law and U.N. has done nothing except economic sanctions. Why bully the Philippines? The Philippines has been cooperating so much with the U.N.. It is time that U.N. to cooperate with the Philippines in our quest for change and prosperity.

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Scoop: What is the response of the U.N. to the latest carnage in Turkey where dozens died fro a terrorist bomb during a wedding celebration? Or in Aleppo, Syria, where thousands of Syrians died from Russia and Syrian government bombardment?  This is a more serious human rights violations rather than the Philippines neutralizing a handful of criminals for security and common good of law abiding citizens. Agree or disagree.