Poe Says Aquino’s Competent Cabinet Members Will Stay In Service If She Wins
Grace Poe says Aquino’s competent cabinet members will stay in service if she wins. Senator Grace Poe declared on Thursday, November 26 that if she wins the 2016 elections, she will keep President Benigno Aquino III's competent cabinet members. Here are the takeaway points from this article:
- If she wins the president, Poe said she will keep Aquino's 'best-performing' cabinet members.
- She asserts, however, that she will demand accountability from proven incompetents.
- She also argues that being new to politics is not a disadvantage because she lacks "political baggage."
On November 27, Interaksyon's Ernie Reyes highlighted the significant remark made by the strong presidential candidate. Despite her harsh criticism of the Transportation Department's former and current chiefs, Mar Roxas and Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, for failing to make efforts to alleviate the plight of commuters, Poe stated that she "would be happy to keep the 'best-performing' members" of the current administration.
She, on the other hand, will hold those who slack off in public service accountable. Will, though, offer credit "for where there have been triumphs." Poe stated before an event hosted by the Harvard Club of the Philippines:
If traffic is unbearable, someone is ultimately responsible and must answer. If bullets are being planted in people’s bags in our airports, someone is ultimately responsible and must answer. If a military or disaster relief operation is a failure, someone is ultimately responsible and must answer.
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She also justified her decision to run for the highest office in government despite her lack of political experience. According to a transcript of the event published on Wednesday, November 26 by Rappler, she said:
To be fair, I am not denying that experience can be valuable. But there are more important qualities that I think you might agree a leader should possess, such as integrity, the ability to choose people wisely and the courage to make decisions
As a "newcomer" and "relative outsider," she is devoid of the "baggage that comes with lengthy years in politics." She further mentioned that there are no preconceived notions or preconceptions that you must always work within the system. There are no allies, subordinates, or pet projects to defend or consider. With this, she noted:
Indeed, I can bypass the traditional rituals and practices that bind experienced politicians
Poe said that if she becomes president, she will keep the "best-performing" members of Aquino's cabinet. She says, though, that she will hold people accountable who have been shown to be incompetent. Poe also says that her lack of "political baggage" means that being new to politics is not a disadvantage.