Gov’t Employees’ Group Hits ‘Militarization’ of Bureaucracy

The list includes:

• Pedro Cabuay, director-general of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA);
• Rodolfo Garcia, chairman of the government panel in the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF);
• Edilberto Adan, executive director of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement;
• Dionisio Santiago, PDEA director-general;
• Arturo Lomibao, deputy adviser at the National Security Council;
• Romeo Tolentino, chairman of the Philippine National Oil Company-American Fuel Corporation (PNOC-AFC);
• Edgardo Aglipay, head of the Philippine Retirement Authority;
• Roberto Lastimoso, head of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT);
• Narciso Abaya, president of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority;
• Efren Abu, special envoy to the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaya, Philippines-East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA);
• Roy Cimatu, special envoy to the Middle East;
• Generoso Senga, ambassador to Iran, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan;
• Ernesto de Leon, ambassador to Australia;
• Edgardo Espinosa, head of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office;
• Glenn Rabonza, executive director of the Office of Civil Defense;
• Angel Atutubo, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA);
• Thelmo Cunanan, chairman of the Social Security System (SSS);
• Vidal Querol, special envoy to Indonesia; and
• Jose Calimlim, who is with the Anti-Smuggling Task Force at the Subic Bay Free Port.


*Danga was one of the military officials mentioned in the “Hello Garci” tapes, a series of wiretapped and recorded conversations in which a woman with a voice similar to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s is heard instructing an election official – whose voice sounds like former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano – to rig the 2004 presidential elections and ensure a victory of “more than 1M” for her.

Arroyo won by more than a million votes over her closest rival, actor Fernando Poe, Jr., who died some seven months after the hotly-contested election. She and Garcillano have admitted talking to each other during the canvassing period, but have both denied rigging the polls.

According to Gaite, he and his group see Danga’s appointment as a sign that there are those who are out to do “magic” in the 2010 presidential elections.

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