Military Ranks Restive (Retitled with 3rd Update)
This will have a domino effect in the military hierarchy:
Presumptive president-elect Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said he was not inclined to reappoint Gen. Delfin Bangit as chief of the staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Aquino said he was “troubled” by reports of groups supposedly pushing for the Commission on Appointments to convene and confirm the appointees of outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, among them Bangit, even with Congress still canvassing the votes for president and vice president.
“If memory serves me right, he was appointed on March 9, a day before the ban on appointments, and unfortunately the vacancy was on March 10. The issue of appointing somebody to a non-vacant position is automatic. So it seems like there’s a double issue here,” Aquino said.
Mr. Aquino is spot on here.
He knows Gen. Bangit’s appointment had not been ok’d by the 14th Congress’ Commission on Appointments so it will now fall on the reconstitute panel of the incoming Congress to pass upon the midnight promotions.
These include the other movements triggered by promotion of Bangit.
Apart from already moving into the official Camp Aguinaldo residence for the chief of staff, General Bangit has already positioned PMA Class ’78 mistahs of his to key commands.
If Mr. Bangit is not reappointed, the dominos will likely follow.
As the incoming Commander-In-Chief mulls over this, it will be good check the midnight activities now afoot at Camp Aguinaldo.
Wagging tongues say these include new bidding activities for such supplies as military boot and rice.
Aquino’s men might want to check the logistics warehouses where undistributed rice stock are rotting along with boots imported from China.
You’ll be surprised what other shenanigans may be taking place while our foot soldiers starve and are die at the front lines.
True to form, the outgoing regime is seemingly in denial about the situation:
Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan:
While she’s still the President, she’d want to see the Chief of Staff finish his term up to his retirement on July 31, 2011. That would be the desired scenario, although nothing would stop the next administration from reviewing this.
Mr. Peyuan at least acknowledges that his own statement is good only until June 30th at which date his very short stint also expires.
Ms Arroyo named Bangit, former head of the Presidential Security Group, as Armed Forces Chief on March 9, a day before the constitutional ban on appointments took effect.
Bangit has reportedly submitted documents necessary for his confirmation to the commission’s secretariat. He has yet to be confirmed by the body, which is composed of lawmakers.
If this is true, the good general must have failed to realize that the next Commander in Chief has the full prerogative to endorse his confirmation and no one else.
The general should stand down.
Over the weekend this writer received information from multiple reliable sources about the following:
1. “Movements within the uniformed services with the intent of protecting the Arroyo status quo”;
2. Closet meetings among senior officers over 14th Congress’ Commission on Appointments bypassing the promotions of General Bangit and some 300 star rank military brass.”
Over in her blog, noted investigative journalist Raissa Robles is now reporting:
By today Monday (June 7), President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will barely have any cabinet secretaries left to convene a cabinet meeting and will no longer have her favorite, favorite general Delfin Bangit at her official beck and call.
CA logoSenate President Juan Ponce Enrile is right. General Bangit’s term of office as Armed forces Chief-of-Staff has just lapsed. Enrile said Bangit is now considered bypassed because he failed to get the nod of the Commission on Appointments (CA).
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From my good friend Ellen Tordesillas of Malaya comes this note:
Let’s get our facts right: Gen. Bangit’s appointment was not ante-dated.March 10 was the retirement date of his predecessor, Gen. Victor Ibrado. That was the turnover date.
The 60-day pre-election ban started March 11.That’s easy to count. May 10 is election day. You count 60 days backward. March 10 is the cut off date.
By this, my understanding now is technically Gen. Bangit’s ascension to the top military post is not a ‘midnight appoint’ as first believed, plus the fact that his designation came as a result of his predecessor’s retirement upon reading the age of 56. Let’s more closely watch how the story plays out.