Mitos: Why give prosecutors' dads plum posts?

Posted at 03/06/12 12:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay questioned Tuesday the timing and the wisdom of President Aquino’s appointment of the fathers of two members of the House prosecution team to top posts in government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).

In a statement, Magsaysay said the appointments may be part of the rewards for the congressmen’s support for the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

“The timing is suspect, because just as the prosecution has rested their case against the Chief Justice as if to say ‘Mission Accomplished,’ here comes the President appointing their fathers to positions as if giving them a pat on the back. And if so, then what type of rewards are we expecting for the rest of the prosecution panel who ‘did good’ in the eyes of the President?” she said.

President Benigno Aquino on Monday appointed Wigberto Tañada as chairman and member to the board of directors of UCPB-CIIF Oil Mills Group, and Jorge L. Banal as acting member in the board of directors of Poro Point Management Corp.

Wigberto is the father of Lorenzo "Erin" Tanada III, one of the spokespersons in the House prosecution team.

Banal is the father of Quezon City Rep. Jorge Banal Jr., who was identified by a Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) manager as having inquired into Corona's dollar accounts.

Magsaysay said that while she is not discounting the credentials of Tañada and Banal, "I feel as if the President’s action in making these appointments as of this time does them a disservice because they are being used as tools to prove that he can do whatever he wants because he has all the power to reward his loyal allies and punish those who oppose him such as Chief Justice Corona."