Saturday, July 24, 2004

DSWD-De Castro Out; Soliman In?

Dear Mouse,

And the plot thickens.

De Castro declines DSWD post No reasons

SHE was at SM Megamall and had just stepped out of a hair salon when Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman heard the news.

Vice President Noli de Castro's office had just released a statement saying he had declined President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's appointment of him as new head of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

De Castro said he will continue to assist Mrs. Arroyo as her alternate in chairing the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), while Soliman will remain at the helm of the DSWD. He added that his decision and Soliman’s retention in the department "will be good for our people."



Philippine Star

In a related news:

House members allocate P15-B ‘pork’ for anti-poverty program

President Arroyo’s anti-poverty program is expected to get a P15.3-billion boost after 201 of the 236 members of the House of Representatives agreed to allocate the "bulk" of their pork barrel funds to a more specific cause, Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. said yesterday. "We have the commitment of 85 percent of our colleagues in the House to give bulk of their pork barrel to programs in support of President Arroyo’s 10-point agenda," De Venecia said, referring to the programs the President vowed to accomplish within the next six years that she will be in office.


Philippine Star

The thicken plots.

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At 11:21 AM, Blogger bayibhyap said...

De Castro has made a good decision in allowing Soliman to continue in her position.

As for the P15 B Pork program, as you have said, the plot thickens. The drama will unfold soon.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger cathcath said...

De Castro agreed to head the Anti-Poverty body. That is where the 15.B is going to be channeled for the Government program. For someone aiming the top position , this is a very good opportunity to reach the poor and earn pogi points with so much money to spend not coming from his own pocket.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger rolly said...

Cat, that explained a lot, I think.

Kahit si Noli na noon ay akala mo do-goodie talagang politiko na ring mag-isip ano. ang bilis palang makahawa nun.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Jobert said...


Wow. That's a lot of moolah. Why that could finance a presidential election for 7 years!

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Dr. Emer said...

Probable reasons why I think Noli gave back the DSWD post:

- It gives everyone the impression that he is capable of doing a "selfless" gesture, instead of being portrayed as greedy and "power-hungry,"

- Honestly, he does not understand anything about what a DSWD secretary's job description is,

- Watching what Dinky did in the just-concluded Angelo crisis, he realized he can't scream his head off at media people. He might ruin his chances of becoming the next President.

- There is probably "more money" somewhere other than the DSWD. He saw it and he's going there, instead. Abangan!


At 8:09 PM, Blogger Jdavies said...

Doc emer I concur.


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