Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Super Chief Mar Roxas and the PCSO Scandal

As I write this, the office of the Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa is drafting an administrative order reviving the office of the Chief of Staff under the Office of the President. The administrative order is being crafted for former Senator Mar Roxas. 

Sources told NPR that Roxas' role in the Aquino administration will be two-fold: first, assist the President in dealing with daily operations of the bureaucracy and second, man the finance department. This is in concurrence with what President Aquino told reporters a couple of days ago, that aside from being his Chief-of-Staff, Aquino wants Roxas to assume a full-time Cabinet rank position.

Many sources say, Roxas will also assume the finance portfolio since Cesar Purisima's confirmation is "dead in the water". Likewise, there are insinuations that the President does not trust Purisima any longer due to his so-called under-the-table "activities". Recently, a group of Customs officials charged Purisima and his protegee, Customs Commissioner Boy Alvarez of graft and corruption. This will further affect Purisima's pending confirmation from the CA.
Weeks prior to the formal announcement of Mar's inclusion in the cabinet, many of his trusted advisers and associates have occupied sensitive directorial posts in government. Mar is hands-on in picking the right people for the job, a trait admirable to the former banker and DTI secretary.

Roxas' ascension as "super chief" brings new blood and new life in the Aquino administration. Many believe, including this writer, that this will arrest the sagging popularity of the administration. Many are also urging Roxas to replace the Communications Group for inefficiency.

Meanwhile...

A source within government reveals that a group of businessmen are thinking of filing a multi-million graft charge against Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Margie Juico.

Juico, according to several highly placed sources, reportedly got a hefty share from the abrupt sale of the PCSO property in Manila. Likewise, they have uncovered a slew of alleged irregularities inside the state charity agency reportedly involving Juico.

Juico, according to my source, is on her way out. To save her hide, she will be appointed as an ambassador by President Aquino.