Hopefully the impending resignation of Panfilo Lacson, head of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR), will somehow instill in the minds of President Benigno Aquino’s (PNoy) administration officials that, while they serve at the pleasure of the president, they don’t really have to be tactless or unperceptive as to stay in their position longer than necessary when calls for their resignation are asked from all sectors of society because of a serious offense committed.
Of course I am not saying that Lacson has committed an indiscretion in his job when appointed by PNoy as ‘rehabilitation czar’ after super typhoon Yolanda caused massive destruction in the Visayas region. On the contrary, it is his sense of good judgment that he is resigning because he believes that the grounds he laid in starting the reconstruction and rehabilitation process should and can now be taken over and administered effectively by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) by expanding its responsibility.
“It dawned on me that a permanent agency should be equipped to handle all functions related to preparedness, recovery and rehabilitation since we are a typhoon-prone country,” Lacson explained.
What I am just saying here is that, while the Filipinos continue to trust Lacson and want him to continue to oversee the handling of the huge P170.9-billion Yolanda master plan crafted by his office for the reconstruction/rehabilitation works, he decided to resign instead so a more organized agency can manage the project.
Indeed, one can only admire Lacson’s foresight and decision.
The same cannot be said of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona and even Vice President Jejomar Binay, who as members of Aquino’s cabinet, continue to glue themselves to their seat despite the corruption charges brought against them and the relentless call of many Filipinos for them to resign.
The people have nothing but antipathy for them.