Seems like change is really coming? President Rodrigo Duterte is signing an Executive Order in relation to the Freedom on Information. This is something which his predecessor promised but never delivered.
Why is this significant? Because this shows that this president is a man of his word. Duterte promised to sign an EO for FOI when he assumes power. And he is now doing it.
However, let's see what's inside that EO first.
He has also deployed strong willed individuals to head various agencies, especially the PNP, NBI etal to lead the fight against criminality and drugs. The only thing is, we don't have any inkling or any information if they are indeed on target.
How will we know if the people being killed are really listed as those involved in the drug trade? Only thru the say-so of police. There must be a superbody which will manage this very delicate operation since we are toying with lives here.
While we are being entertained by all these "deaths of criminals", let's be vigilant on the other kinds of criminals--those of the corporate ones.
I heard from reliable sources that at least 10 oligarchs are now being targetted for reputation liquidation. These oligarchs have been known to have transacted with government and given us, the people, several bum sneers. These people should be punished for their collective sins.
Aside from this, let's observe the behavior of some of Duterte's men--if they will or will not succumb to the sweet offers of firms especially those under regulation.
I am betting my bottom dollar on Al Cusi, who is now handling the Department of Energy. Cusi has pending graft cases and this involves the airport operations which under his management, became one of the worse airports in the world. Cusi, according to sources, is an "operator". I really don't know why Duterte appointed this person there when there is Vince Perez, former energy secretary who has proven himself highly competent during his stint at DOE.
There are several others highly competent than Cusi just waiting to be offered this post and without interests.
Cusi is a known associate of the Aboitizes. The Aboitizes have firms involved in energy-related services.
I heard of several other appointments which are highy irregular like that of Lito Banayo as MECO representative. Everyone knows how "lucrative" this post is, and Banayo has been lusting for this post since time immemorial. In fact, Banayo once asked former president Gloria Arroyo for this post. Banayo is facing numerous graft charges before the Sandiganbayan. What happens now with all these cases?
Several "operators" have also gotten themselves lucrative sinecures which eventually could be termites that would eat up the public's trust behind the Duterte administration.
I hope these people reveal their true selves immediately so that Duterte would cut them off asap.