House minority urges PNoy to be ‘hands-on’ leader

MANILA, Philippines – An ally of former President, now Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today noted that unlike Arroyo, President Benigno Aquino III doesn’t seem to work “hands on” in terms of the country’s peace and order situation.

Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay said, “Gumawa pa si President Aquino ng war room, baka di pa nabibinyagan or nagagamit. The difference of this administration from past administrations is, yung Anti-Terror Council, nagcoconvene so lahat ng intelligence reports pinaguusapan yan ng iba’t ibang ahensiya. Kung averse si PNoy in calling for meetings, nagtataka po kami, kung di man siya nagpapatawag ng meeting, sana yung executive secretary will call it.”

The Anti-Terrorism Council, created by the anti-terrorism law or the Human Security Act of 2007, creates the Anti-Tterrorism Council to review all intelligence information and craft anti-terrorism policies. It has the executive secretary as chairman, the justice secretary as vice-chair, and the departments of national defense and interior and local government as members.

On Wednesday, members of the House minority told the administration to convene the council.

Magsaysay told the Serye Media forum that the administration doesn’t seem to be minding intelligence reports by our country’s intelligence agencies.

“Sayang ang intel work sa baba kung hindi naman tatanungin ng mga higher up. How will the leadership know how will they react based on intelligence reports? If the  attitude will be arrogant, that ‘I don’t believe in those travel warnings, mall lang naman sinabi…,’ how can you downplay something like that? We have to be open-minded and mature when it comes to security matters. ‘Di pwedeng pumasok ang amor propio mo,” she said.

Magsaysay called on President Aquino to work “hands on” in addressing the security situation of the country now.

She noted that the president needs to appoint someone to actually head the government’s efforts at ensuring peace and order in the country.

“It’s high time someone appoints someone to be at helm of peace and order in the country. Sana lang maging hands-on president siya. Be on top of the situation and show his people this is what I want to happen,” she said.

Magsaysay added, “Ang style kasi nila is, unless tanungin ng nasa taas, di sila magsasalita.”

Aquino ally, Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera, however, came to the defense of the president. “I think he’s a hands-on president. You cannot pretend to know when you don’t know what’s happening.” – RG Cruz | abs-cbnnews.com

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