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Mr. Chavit Singson And President Arroyo’s Prerogative

September 8, 2009


I believe former Ilocos Sur governor Luis Chavit Singson as he dares his ally, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to fire him as deputy national security adviser.

Yes, Mr. Singson, the onus is on the Chief Executive to assert her authority to fire you rather than “request you,” her subordinate in the Office of the President, to remove you and give you the chance to focus fully on your marital problems.

Yes, Mr. former governor, as the President is clothed with full authority to undertake even a continuing reorganization of the Executive Department when she deems it necessary ‘in the exigency of the service.

In fact as holder of a presidential appointment, you like other members of her official family, albeit holding the rank of undersecretary, do serve at the pleasure of the President on the premise that she retains her full faith and confidence in you.

Indeed, no one can suggest that the President a lame duck as her term of office runs through to 12 noon of January 30, 2010.

Yes ‘Chavit’ Sir even s you are described in press reports as “one of the most influential politicians” (ever since your jueteng expose against then President Estrads), President Arroyo outranks you as she does everyone else in the government of the day.

Both the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces salute her as their Commander-n-Chief.

Yes, you are correct, Mr. deputy national security adviser, the President should fire you if she wants.

Your decision, Mrs. President.

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