Friday, 22 October 2010 12:51
President Benigno S. Aquino III will not heed the call of lawmakers to appoint Philippine Public Safety College president Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco as replacement for Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita “Ging” Deles.
In a news briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Cojuangco is within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity with the President, so therefore, she cannot be appointed to any position.
“We cannot appoint Ms. Tingting Cojuangco. It’s against the Constitution,” Lacierda said Tuesday, noting that the President will be violating the Constitution if he heeds the lawmakers.
“She is prohibited by affinity dahil si Gng. Cojuangco ay maybahay ni Peping Cojuangco, amaing-buo ng Pangulo, kaya talagang bawal,” he said.
Lacierda pointed out that the lawmakers pushing for Cojuangco’s appointment may not be aware of the constitutional prohibition on relatives in government.
He added that Deles’ replacement as peace adviser is a remote possibility because the President has already expressed his full support and confidence on her leadership.
"The President is standing by Secretary Deles. He has full confidence in her," Lacierda said.
Deles according to him, knows her job because prior to her appointment, she also headed the same office during the previous administration. (PNA)
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