WITH the scheduled recess of Congress, President Benigno Aquino 3rd may make ad interim appointments to various positions that were recently left vacant by those who retired, including the post of Civil Service Commission (CSC) chief that reports said may go to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.
But Coloma, who is probably the most eloquent among the president’s spokespersons, was modest about his supposed “promotion.” He neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.
“It’s for the President to decide on such matter and it will be premature to make any preemptive statement,” Coloma said.
When asked to answer with just a “yes or no” to a question about whether or not he would accept such appointment to the Constitutional body, Coloma replied “or” in jest.
If appointed CSC chair, the Palace press secretary will serve a term of seven years, vice Francisco Duque who previously bowed out of service. Coloma has held various positions in government prior to his appointment as chief of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
But according to him, there is no official movement just as yet.
“That will come from the president. It may not be appropriate for me to comment dahil self-serving and I will just continue focusing on working with you,” he told reporters.
Besides the CSC portfolio, also vacant are the positions of Commission on Audit chairman and commissioners of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).