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Palace defends postings: Noy’s ex-generals different 10/24/2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Palace defends postings: Noy’s ex-generals different

10/24/2010
Criticisms on the Aquino administration following the path of his predecessor in rewarding loyalty in the military with prime diplomatic posts got a lame response from the Palace yesterday justifying the assailed decision of President Aquino to appoint former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Nestor Ochoa as ambassador to Brunei as still within his quota for political appointees.

Disgruntled career diplomats at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had complained about Ochoa’s appointment and that of retired Gen. Noe Wong who was reappointed as ambassador to Cambodia. They said the practice of appointing generals to key diplomatic posts is reminiscent of a tradition started by former President Arroyo.

Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said it is too early for anyone to pass judgment on the appointments and conclude that Aquino is going by the way of his unpopular predecessor because, she said, the Aquino administration is different since it is committed to instituting reforms in government.

Ochoa held the reins at the AFP for barely a month as he opted to go for an early retirement.... MORE

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