President Aquino appoints Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, Rene Villa, Ruel de Vera



President Benigno Aquino III has appointed new Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin as an acting member of the board of trustees of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, documents furnished by Malacañang showed.

Also appointed to the MWSS board was Guillermo Tabios. Villarin replaced Oscar Garcia while Tabios replaced Albert Balingit.

Ruel de Vera, associate editor of the Sunday Inquirer Magazine, was appointed to the Department of Education’s National Book Development Board as a representative of the private sector. Others appointed to the NBDB were Karina Bolasco, Ani Rosa Almario and Isagani R. Cruz.

Andrea Pasion-Flores was reappointed executive director of the NBDB.

Undersecretary Abigail Valte, meanwhile, defended President Aquino’s appointment of members of the Liberal Party who lost in the 2010 elections to government posts.

Valte made the remarks following the appointment of Customs Commissioner Rozzano Ruffino Biazon and Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim. Both Biazon and Lim were on the Liberal Party’s senatorial ticket but failed to make it to the top 12.

Former Bukidnon Rep. Nereus Acosta, also a losing candidate on the LP slate, was earlier appointed Presidential Adviser on Environmental Protection.

“The President knows the people in his party and they are one in the reforms they are pushing for,” Valte said.

The President also appointed former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rene Villa as a member of the board of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).

Villa is a member of the Hyatt 10, a group of Cabinet secretaries of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who resigned at the height the ‘Hello Garci’ wiretapping scandal in 2005. The group includes Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman.

Valte vouched for Villa’s competence.

“Mr. Villa’s capabilities were assessed and it was found that he can discharge the duties as a member of the board of LWUA,” Valte said.

Valte said Villa won’t automatically replace former LWUA chair Prospero Pichay.

“He will have to be elected by the board. Since the LWUA is a GOCC, they have their own board. They have to have elections in the board to elect the chairman and the general manager,” Valte said.

Valte said Villa was also a presidential assistant under the Office of the President.

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  • Igorotak

    gone were the days when media was solely devoted to public service and full of integrity….NOW it sure has become a business catering to politicians in exchange for favors from the government. Ethics and balance reporting is long gone, DIVIDE and RULE seems to be trend so as to be able to get juicy positions/favors in government. We won’t be surprise if the whole staff of this newspaper, from the publisher to the janitor, will soon be having their own offices in Malacanang. Too much exaggeration with no substance…!!!!

  • Anonymous

    “President Benigno Aquino III has appointed new Ateneo de Manila
    University president Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin as an acting member of the
    board of trustees of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System,
    documents furnished by Malacañang showed”…i BEG YOUR PARDON MR. PRESIDENT!!! is this your way of telling the Filipino people that there”s no such thing as “separation of church and state?”..People who are part and parcel of the leadership of Catholic church, or any other sect for that matter, when given a position in the government,, will they work in favor of their religious affiliation or to the state… for goodness sake look for people who are in the private sector who do not have any leadership position in any religious group, who can handle the responsibility to be fair to all people and not give the juicy offices to whom you know and have owed them a favor.

  • Ruben

    Pnoy should refrain from appointing priests to the government.  They might rape and abuse the employees under them.

  • Kamote Q

    nereus acosta is one of the recipients of the gloria and jocjoc’s fertilizer fund. go check the list yourselves.

    • Anonymous

      kamote q, no problem. if he can embrace tightly the programs of GMA that lean to corruption like the CCT and trade this off with the pork barrels of Congress, why not pick old and shrewd politicians who bows their head down to him for a lucre.

      • Kamote Q

        no problem because he is a turncoat?
        benefitting from both GMA and Aquino.
        ask yourself how acosta spent the 5M, or at least, if he returned the money upon learning that the same was for campaign funds.

  • Anonymous

    If I were the priest, I’d turn down the appointment in deference to my religious community. Not only that, the constitution clearly defined the separation of church and estate. Propriety must prevail over fine positions especially with a religious person who is expected to be moral and refine.

    • Alteisen

      He could be appointing Fr. Villarin as a physicist and not as a priest. So that may mean that Fr. Villarin is not representing any religious order or the Church but himself as, a physicist. But then again, he is a priest.

  • Anonymous

    only the opposition that supported the corrupt glo arroyo are complaining about LP bets appointed by P-noy, at least they are not “thieves & robbers” of government funds, ok?

    • Igorotak

      Joel, let me ask you this: give me a reason why they have to increase and double up their pork barrels, of which is the #1 source of corruption in government, then having to slash educational funding for educational institutions? How many inept spokesman/press secretaries are being paid by tax payers money? Abad’s Batanes was alloted almost a billion pesos in public funds while my province that produces and contributes much more to the economy in terms of agriculture, mining, and tourism gets only one fourth of what the Abad’s got for their province….who is selfish here!!!! Those LP bets were rejected by the people, WHY REWARD THEM!!!! they are being appointed to raise funds for their political machinery come election time. THEY ARE THERE TO ROB people’s money. THEY ARE THIEFS the same as their predecessors. Brighten up your horizon….inu-uhog ka pa yata noong kapanahunan ni Cory. Alam mo ba kung sinong miembro ng Kamag-anak Inc. ang  nagpalaganap ng JUETENG kaya lumaki yan na naging social problem….sagutin mo kung Sino….kung hindi mo alam, tanong mo nalang kay Drilon na naging justice secretary, executive secretary, etc noon. Inimbestiga ba niya??? lahat ng katiwalian ng Ormoc, Pinatubo, at earthquake calamity funds….NASAAN!!!!!!

  • Jun Go

    Masyado ng nagiging ASUL ang DILAW na gobyerno ni PiNoy…

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