MANILA -- After President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III issued Executive Order (EO) No. 2 revoking the midnight appointments of his predecessor, former President and current Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (second district, Pampanga) insisted that there were no such appointments.
“Wala po kaming appointments na ginawa beyond the prohibited period kasi lahat po yan dumaan sa PMS (Presidential Management Staff),” said Arroyo's spokesperson Elena Bautista-Horn.
It is the PMS that reviews the recommendations from the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) for the appointments.
Horn noted that the government officials and employees affected by the issued EO may question this decision to the High Court.
Arroyo's spokesperson also sought a clear definition of “midnight appointments” from the EO.
"Define po natin kung ano yung midnight appointment kasi po sa aming definition ang midnight appointment po ay ginawa during sa prohibition under the Constitution," said Horn.
Article VII, Section 15 of the Constitution states: “Two months immediately before the next Presidential elections and up to the end of his term, a President or Acting President shall not make appointments, except temporary appointments to executive positions when continued vacancies therein will prejudice public service or endanger public safety.”
Among the midnight appointments that were highly questioned before Aquino took his oath of office as President was that of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)