Liberal Party (LP) president and Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan on Friday slammed the appointments of Mocha Uson and two military officials to key positions in the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
In a statement, Pangilinan said that like other government officials, the LP felt "slighted" by Uson's appointment as PCOO assistant secretary, especially since the former sexy actress, according to the lawmaker, has "looked down on Philippine media practitioners as chroniclers of the nation’s story."
"Many, including government workers doing critical work for lower pay who have been contractual for a long time, feel slighted. We share their sentiment," the lawmaker said.
Pangilinan criticized Uson for using her radio program without provocation to bash LP chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo, supposedly calling her names and disrespecting her, her office, and those who voted for her.
Pangilinan also expressed concern over the installation of military men in the bureaucracy.
Former military chief of staff retired Gen. Roy Cimatu was appointed to head the DENR, while current military chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Ano will take over the helm of the DILG after he retires in October.
"Do these appointments mean the militarization of the government bureaucracy?" asked Pangilinan.
Pangilinan stressed that public service needs competence, integrity, and passion. Just the same, the LP president wished the three new appointees good luck "as we keep vigilant watch." — MDM, GMA News