Exercise of prerogative
Trust and confidence. This is the basic principle that controls the choice of men and women who will operate the structure of an institution or office, especially in the bureaucracy. These analogous terms are the very factors that give strength to some and cripple the others in terms of authority and influence. These are the very reasons that some people from out of the blue suddenly come out with vengeance and take the edge over rivals. These are two oftentimes undervalued standards that are largely abused and bring about prerogative excesses.
In the government, trust and confidence is one unwritten rule that though publicly presumed is not admitted as ultimate reason for choosing one over the other. Human nature dictates that an appointing authority will choose an applicant on whom he reposes trust and confidence either by his personal experience or by referral by someone whom he knows too much. At the slightest error that the incumbent commits or has committed, the appointing authority takes upon himself the excuse to replace the former with another individual who he feels could be loyal to him.
Even during elections, the very factor that voters consider in selecting their candidates is trust and confidence. Who would then dare to vote for someone he is doubtful of or does not believe could deliver what he promised to? Of course no one will, unless voting for another is prompted by an irresistible “consideration”. In dividing the house on matters submitted to a group of persons for consensus, choice is based upon which option enjoys the preference of the electors. This preference is moored on which one the electors trust and have confidence in.
Very recently, headline news included the sacking of Dr. Frisco Nilo as Administrator of PAG-ASA for the reason that he is incompetent to hold such position. After years of laudable service as over-all head of the weather bureau during the incumbency of then Pres. Gloria Arroyo and with all his positive attributes, Nilo was relieved from his position following the failure of PAG-ASA to detect when the recent typhoon that hit Luzon would take its landfall. The inaccurate forecast disseminated by PAG-ASA caught thousands of workers, businessmen and students stranded in the middle of the road and gripped the people by unmindful of the untimely assault of Mother Nature upon them.
Now, he is replaced by another executive from the Dept. of Science and Technology who enjoys the trust and confidence of the recommending and the appointing authorities. Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III, already not familiar of the true person of Nilo, has totally lost trust and confidence in the latter. DOST Sec. Mario Montejo who is enjoying full trust and confidence of PNoy was reported to have admitted that he was the one who recommended to Pnoy for the replacement of Nilo as chief of PAG-ASA. Montejo, who again enjoys PNoy’s trust and confidence, was given credit by Malacañang Palace.
No matter how other people view this gesture of Malacañang, the act is beyond question as the choice on who will man the offices belonging to the executive branch of government is a matter of executive prerogative, an exercise of the discretion of the appointing authority Pres. Noynoy himself. Definitely PNoy will not get someone to man his stronghold if the latter does not enjoy the national chief executive’s trust and confidence.
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