MANILA -- The camp of former President and current congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is asking the administration to recognize the capabilities of the Arroyo appointees instead of judging them based on who made the appointments.

“Sana tignan ang credentials ng mga tao. Ang tinitignan lang kasi nila appointee ni GMA, period. For me respect naman sa katauhan ng tao, there is more to that person than being GMA's appointee," Arroyo's spokesperson Elena Bautista-Horn told reporters.

President Beningo "Noynoy" Aquino III earlier issued Executive Order (EO) No. 2 revoking the so-called midnight appointments of his predecessor.

“If they prove to be incompetent then that is the ground to fire, not because you are a GMA appointee you will be fired. So basahin lang nila ang civil service rule nandun lahat yun,” Horn added.

Public servants are governed by civil service rules, which states that a person can only be removed with cause. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)