Rabusa unhappy with PNoy's choice for prisons chief

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Posted at Jul 29 2011 01:23 PM | Updated as of Jul 30 2011 01:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The former comptroller of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday reiterated his trust in the Aquino government despite the appointment of Gaudencio Pangilinan as the new chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). 

“Medyo nalulungkot lang po ako. Pero ang sabi ko nga po kahapon, nag-usap po kami ng aking abugado, prerogative po ng presidente yan kaya wala po kaming kwestiyon dyan,” retired Lt. Col. George Rabusa said in an interview with radio dzMM.
 
President Benigno Aquino III signed Pangilinan’s appointment as the new director of BuCor on July 19, days before retiring from active service. 
 
“Wala po akong karapatang kwestiyunin ang prerogative ng presidente. Kapangayarihan po niya iyan. Ako po ay lumabas noon January 27 para isiwalat ang katiwalian sa Armed forces dahil nakumbinsi po ako ni Gen. (Danny) Lim dito sa tuwid na landas na sinasabi ng ating pangulo at ako’y naniniwala sa kanya,” said Rabusa.
 
Pangilinan is among the respondents in the plunder case filed by whistle-blower Rabusa regarding the controversial AFP slush fund, where money is skimmed off military funds for the benefit of top generals. 
 
“Matatag po ang tiwala ko sa atin pangulo. Nakikita ko naman ang ginagawa niya. Nagse-set siya ng example. Ako naman po ay naniniwala. I think I did my part, its up to this government kung anong gagawin nila,” he said. -- dzMM