By Gerry Albert Corpuz, Bb. Tayuman Recto-Yap and Cherry Pie Eggpie Sandoval
MANILA, Philippines-A leader of the activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Tuesday scored presumptive President elect Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III for appointing one of the top executives of the influential Makati Business Club as a member of his incoming cabinet.
“Mr. Aquino is playing the game of big business with the highly questionable entry of MBC Executive Director Alberto Lim to the incoming Yellow clique expected to rule Malacanang like a high prized political and economic syndicate in the next six years. This is unfair and totally inimical to public interest,” says Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap in a press statement.
In an interview on dwIZ radio today, Lim refused to say what government position Aquino had offered to him but expressed willingness to serve the country by joining the Aquino government in its fight against corruption. Lim’s group supported Aquino in the presidential race and was perceived as influential among the groups which backed the 50-year old lawmaker in the last May 10 presidential elections.
Lim said he is not sure what position Aquino would offer to him although there were reports from some quarters that Aquino is considering him to head either the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) or Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
“It is payback time for Mr.Aquino and it is happening at this very early with close associates dividing the spoils among themselves. Is this what the US-installed presidency has to offer to the 94 million Filipinos?” said Hicap.
The Pamalakaya leader accused Aquino of dividing the spoils among the favored blocs in his camp that include but not limited to the Kamag-Anak Incorporated, a group which close relatives of Aquino who started their corrupt career during the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino and the Hyatt 10 composed of former cabinet members and civil society groups formerly allied with outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who deserted the latter at the height of Hello Garci election fraud scandal in 2005.
Hicap advised the MBC official to turn down the offer of Aquino, saying he and his group would be in better, and in politically and morally correct position to act as watchdog for good governance and against corruption if Lim and his group would stay outside the Aquino camp.
“The Aquino camp is also being perceived as week and prone to high crimes of corruption. If Mr. Lim wants to fight corruption and promote good governance, he and his group could do it better if they maintain a high level of independence from Aquino and his upcoming gangland in Malacanang,” the Pamalakaya leader added.
The MBC executive director is the fourth “confirmed” member of Aquino’s prospective official family, after Corazon Soliman as social welfare secretary and Teresita Deles (adviser of the government peace panel) and longtime friend Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa who is being groomed as the next executive secretary or justice secretary or presidential legal chief. #