• Pangilinan joins Aquino Cabinet

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed former senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization.

    In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Monday said Pangilinan will take his oath before President Aquino this afternoon “to assume a position with Cabinet rank.”

    “This is similar to former senator Panfilo Lacson’s appointment,” Coloma added.

    Lacson was appointed as reconstruction and rehabilitation czar.

    Pangilinan will supposedly oversee the National Irrigation Administration and the National Food Authority, which is currently under the Department of Agriculture.

    Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, however, will stay in his post.

    In March last year, Aquino announced that Pangilinan, whose term as senator ended in 2010, will be joining his Cabinet.

    “Kiko, in particular, has several aspects of the agricultural sector he wants to concentrate on. He has already discussed his ideas with [Agriculture]Secretary Proceso Alcala, and we will try to maximize his involvement in our administration to the benefit of the agricultural sector,” the President said.

    But in October, Aquino said Pangilinan had begged off from accepting the post, citing “need to spend quality time with his family.”

    Aquino and Pangilinan are allies from the ruling Liberal Party. They were colleagues at the Senate from June 2007 to June 2010.

    Pangilinan is married to actress Sharon Cuneta. The couple has three children—Simone Francesca Emmanuelle, Mariel Daniella Sophia and Miguel.

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    1. eltee mulawin on

      >>> talagang pinatutunayan lamang sa bansang Pilipinas ay puro pulitiko lamang ang tila natitirang mamayan na pwedeng maghanapbuhay at tanging may kaalaman sa pamamahala. Tulad na lang ni Pinky Lacson at Kiko ArtePangilinan, ang isa ay dating pulis at senador na ngayon isang czar sa rehabilitasyon sa lugar ng binagyo at ang huli ay dating congressman o senador at abugado ngayon ay inatasan sa Food Security and Agriculture Modernization.
      >>>ano mayroon credentials si Kiko Pangilinan bilang magsasaka o sa anuman uri ng pagkain? Si Pinky Lacson, isa ba siyang Engineer or Master Urban and Rural Planner?
      >>>DAPAT SIGURO ITIGIL NA ANG PAGPAPAARAL SA MGA KABATAAN KUNG HINDI RIN LANG MAGIGING PULITIKO BALANG ARAW SILA. DAHIL KAPAG NAGING PULITIKO AT MINSAN KANG NAPWESTO SIGURADO KAPAG NATAPOS ANG TERM O KAHIT NATALO SA ELEKSYON MAY AASAHAN KA PA RIN TRABAHO SA SINUMAN ADMINISTRASYON LALO NA KUNG KAANIB KA NG RULING PARTY NA NAKAPWESTO SA MALAKANYANG.
      >>> ILAN MILYON ANG NAKAPAGTAPOS NA NG PAG-AARAL SA AGRIKULTURA AT FISHERIES, O ENGINEERS KUMPARA SA MGA DATI AT BAGONG PULITIKO NA SILA-SILA LAMANG ANG PALIPAT-LIPAT NG KATUNGKULAN SA GOBYERNO. ANG SUWELDO AY NANGGAGALING SA BUWIS NA BINABAYAD NG MGA TAONG BAYAN. NILULUTO AT GINIGISA ANG MAYORYANG PILIPINO SA SARILING MANTIKA PARA LAMANG KAININ NG MGA GAHAMAN SA GOBYERNONG PULITIKO SA BANSA.