Ex-military chief Oban gets new job as head of Clark Development Corp.



General Eduardo Oban Jr. INQUIRER PHOTO

The highest military official to recently leave the service supposedly without a pabaon (send-off gift) has been rewarded.

President Benigno Aquino III has found a job for retired Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Oban as chairman of Clark Development Corp.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte announced the appointment Sunday, more than three months after Oban closed out his military career.

“The President has signed the papers of Oban,” Valte said in her weekly media forum aired over government-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Oban stepped down on December 13 after leading the AFP for only nine months. He was named to the top military post after revelations of past chiefs of staff allegedly receiving pabaon came out in a Senate inquiry.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel George Rabusa, a confessed participant in the corruption within the military, testified in a Senate blue ribbon committee hearing last year that past AFP chiefs of staff pocketed millions of pesos on assuming and then leaving the top military post. Christian V. Esguerra

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  • mangtom

    Question: doesn’t the country have professionals who have background in areas of development and not military men trained for combat? Wrong choice, Mr. President. Looks like military can all kinds of key government posts not related to their professional training.

    Meron sa Philippines alumni members ng top business schools gaya ng Wharton Business School, Harvard, Universty of Chicago, Northwestern University, UP, etc. Why not tap them?

    Clark in no longer an air base, the last time I heard. It is now a civil enterprise, di ba?

    • Loggnat

      Generals responsibility and professional training are equivalent or even more than civilian CEO in administration, management, proper utilization of assets, and personnel plus is highly disciplined in accomplishing mission oriented goals. The big difference is when a CEO makes a mistake, he loses profit. On the other hand, when a general makes one, he loses not only assets but the lives of his troops. That makes the general more sensitive and better judge of the character of his subordinates/employees. All of their education and training were paid for by the government so the government should maximize the utilization of their leadership and management skills. You have highly under estimated and under appreciated the true professional training and value of an effective, well educated, and highly experienced general.

      • JK1000

        Yeah Right !  I guess you forgot to mention Marcos PMAers brutal military officers, Coup leaders Honasan and RAM officers,Ping Lacson, Trillanes, Danilo Lim,Querubin, Faeldon etc. NICE TRY THOUGH.

      • Loggnat

         So you’ll crucify those who served honorably because of those few scum of the earth are PMA’s graduates too. How about those other PMAers who died in the line of duty, will they equally be crucified by you because of those few you mentioned were also military? Try reading again the post because they are about those who served honorably and are good generals. Thank you.

      • 1GeorgeTolentino2

        Once you have retired, stay retired! The CDC is a civilian facility, there are thousands out there who are more than qualified to get the job done. Militarizing the Government beurocracy  has never resulted into anything good. It has left a very bad taste in the mouth where the public perceives a civilian leadership beholden to generals whom they must reward after they leave the service.

      • dungol

        just look at the different agencies and past military appointees in these positions and you can see that their military background does not translate to professional if not world class management caliber. As you mentioned, these generals are mission oriented but they may not be motivated to think outside the box or proactively engaging in increasing value in the agencies they run. nandoon lang para maintain ang status quo, yan ang mission nila.

    • Bansot

      General Oban is not a bad choice. This person graduated fron UST before becoming a PMA cadet. He earned his BS Commerce, major in Economics from the University of Asia, and holds a masteral degree as well. He became a special assistant to the Secretary of Trade and Industry 1984-1986, and held many important positions in management and logistic while with the PAF. He is much qualified compared to Biazon or former General Lim with the Bureau of Customs. Let’s give him a chance.

    • kolambogan

      Good suggestion, but still a suggestion, yet it’s still the executive who will still be the one to decide.

  • JK1000

    Same old guards playing like civilian authority. This is the reason why we keep putting people who has no experience , and after they served their civilian posts still the same with no improvements. I guess Pnoy stills practice old deeds by previous Presidents. KAWAWANG BAYAN .

  • UsoUso82

    ano bagong daan na sinasabi ni Pnoy! Wala po, pareho lang sa dati gawi. Kaya wala progress kay Pnoy dahil sa divided nation na tayo.

    • kolambogan

      kailangan sa demokrasiya ang pros and cons, kapag walang opposisyon o walang divide hindi na yun demokrasiya

  • tata_boy

    Bayan, dapat ng matigil ang kabulastugan na ito, bakit kailangan may puwesto ang mga heneral na ito? Are they qualified to run a business? Panahon na para mahinto ang kalakaran na ito. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KF2TCBJ2AUC7VIPR3TACWUGITE Rednaxela VD

    Just like his predesessors, Penoy will never change the ways of government inspite of his skin deep campaign of no corruption.  He has done oa good job of distancing himself from the other presidents but he is actually a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    • Malik62

       How correct you are! BS Aquino x3 is a hypocrite par excellence!

  • Defenderspen

    gen oban left the service with no pabaon and straighten the issues of corruption standing among AFP. with his authentic leadership, the Clark development corporation is in big hand.

  • pakialamero69

    baon ni oban.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYSEPM7BIAEMCNNASWOWQ5RTKY Ang Kampanero

    retirement includes a paid terminal leave, the amount is dependent on how much accrued leave is subject to commutation by gov’t.  i believe there is also a rule in gov’t service that it is only after 1 year after retirement can a gov’t retiree be engaged in public service again.  so what if he retired without pabaon, is that reason enough for a presidential appointment without respecting the one year restriction for retirees? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYSEPM7BIAEMCNNASWOWQ5RTKY Ang Kampanero

    maybe this is also one reason why a rationalization process is necessary in the bureaucracy.  in a competency based HRD system, positions in gov’t have to be subjected into a compatency identification process where specific elements of a job are identified and where specific skills required are identified.  the resulting competency map should rationalize position titles as well as competencies required for all gov’t agencies.  that means the underpinning knowledge, the underpinning skills and underpinning attitude towards work are all identified for topmost positions to the lowest.  this will lessen discretionary selection, and eligibility is replaced with regular comptency assesments to determine if what one posses is current or not.  no more exercise executive privilege or discretion. that is fair play

  • casaysay

    Ang vacant post ay nangangailangan ng isang taong merong proven experiences and management skills related sa industrial management. Definitely na walang experience ang military officer sa larangang ito.  Anong reason bakit pinili ni Pnoy ang galing ng military na walang muwang sa industrialization? Dahil daw sa walang pabaon? Very shallow and abnormal reasoning. For this country to move forward, dapat qualification-based ang batayan ng pagpili ng mga tao sa key government position. Kaya dapat isang industrial tycoon o technocrat ang kinuha ni Pnoy at hindi isang military officer. Kaya ang tawag sa selection criteria ni Pnoy ay political consideration  Pero who cares, sabi ng mga budoys na pumapalakpak kahit sa kapalpakan ng decision ni Pnoy.   

  • MikeCrisologo

    this is not a military base , it s an industrial place already . but why military experience is required.? does the president start again the WHOM YOU KNOW ATTITUDE ? kawawang pinas.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KE7QLSTVWS2LNVBEUPSWPL5V6Y bro. pete

    Panay salita lang pala itong si P-Noy eh…sabi nya nuon yung mga gawain ni Gloria ay walang puwang sa kanyang administrasyon…ngayon pareho na silang nag pupwesto ng ex-miltary sa mga pribadong ahensya ng Gobyerno…ay panis din pala itong si P-Noy…pati yung mga pumapalpak sa cabinete nya ay hirap na hirap syang sipain palabas ng Malakanyang…ano pba ginagawa dyan ni Sec. Llamas atbp. bugok na itlog dyan? Bka pati yun penoy mahawa sa pagkabugok ng ibang itlog?

  • Guest

    so, this it. follow what i say but do not follow what i do. hypocrite…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2J4DJQPQ4PON73N3KBZYXCNCM Francis

    Daming pera na mananakaw dito..malapit na kc ang election kaya dumadami na ang corruption..kalbong daan.

  • kismaytami

    Walang pinag-iba sa style ni Arroyo, puro mga gurang at kurakot na heneral ang pini-puwesto sa mga civilian at juicy positions.

  • Andres_Bagumbayan

    Wow, kung si gloria arroyo ay may leandro mendoza,si noynoy aquino naman ay may ed oban….sistemang bulok at walang pinag-bago!!!

  • iraya


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZS723M7OQL5GJ43IEJMJUDDIY hanep

    give  former  general  oban  the  benefit of the doubts  mga pre.  so far  wala 
    naman  tayong  nabalitaang  masama  tungkol  sa  kanya.

    let’s not jump  to  unproven  conclusions.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WJX5I5FJL52QCZDUKDNWOTIZHQ Lateralus

       madami daming benefit yan kse doubts talaga…

    • casaysay

      i think hindi naman ang tuungkol sa masama ba o mabuting tao si Oban. i think mabuti siyang tao, pero wala siyang relevant and adequate experiences para karapatdapat na maging top decision-making head ng isang complicated industrial zone like Clark. meron ba siya, kahit man lang experience sa management ng maliit na industrial estate? bakit siya ang pinili gayong ang dami ng magagaling na pilipino technocrats loaded with the correct and mature talents and qualifications?  of course, magrerebelde ang mga budoys sa makatotohanan kong comments kasi nasasagasaan ang blind idolization nila.

      • Karabkatab

        Mas okay na yan kesa manicurista naging board of director.

      • jclarendo

        Ang kawawang gloria may tama na naman siya dahil sa kanyang manicurista at hardinero na binigyan ng puwesto.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Right or wrong choice, who are we to know what Oban can do for the CDC?
    Let the president have his own way. If his appointee turns out to be a lemon, then the appointing power will be blamed. This is a new challenge for the guy and let him prove himself.
    No need for us to make much fuss over nothing.

    • Philip Samson

      The fact that the palace never stated his qualifications in reference to this post obviously indicates that something is not right. This is not a trial and error. Stop your idolism and please see things objectively.

  • f35

    While it is true that we have no feedbacks of any “unpleasantries” regarding Oban the soldier (and the man himself), I really wonder why ex-military men gets to have juicy posts in government after they retire. There are lots of civilian men and women who are trained and well-qualified for such posts. Why insist on appointing military men ?

    • Karabkatab

      Nice observation.  Square peg in a round hole.

  • WAJ

    Ex military na naman? Wala na bang iba pa? Kasi gusto ko rin mag submit ng Resume para sa pwesto. Gusto kong ipasok sa Pinas ang aking Mercedez Benz. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWGZY3FRXJBAWBZGRFDYD2RTPQ fred fredito alfred


  • boypalaban


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