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Palace admits extension illegal By Michaela P. del Callar 07/08/2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Palace admits extension illegal

By Michaela P. del Callar
Malacañang, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, yesterday admitted that extensions of politically-appointed ambas-sadors are illegal, but also claimed that their stay abroad has not been extended, but that they are still in their posts in a “holdover” capacity.

Retained Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo earlier had claimed the three-month extension granted by him to the ambassadors appointed by former President Arroyo who are automatically deemed resigned, as they are co-terminus with Arroyo, had the clearance and approval of President Aquino and the Executive Secretary and that extensions of their assignments were not illegal.

But while the Aquino administration approved the questionable extension of terms of political ambassadors who served under Arroyo, there appears to be a leadership vacuum at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), with all undersecretary positions declared vacant on Wednesday by Romulo.

At a press conference, Romulo said all DFA undersecretaries, who are also political appointees of the previous administration, have ceased to report for work since July 1.

“So far there is none. It’svacant,” Romulo said when asked about the status of the five politically-appointed undersecretaries, adding that that career officials who are next in line are temporarily in charge of the vacated posts.
But contrary to Romulo’s claim, several undersecretaries still report for work and hold office at the DFA..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100708hed2.html


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