‘Se­cret plans’

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

ALBAY Rep. Ed­cel Lag­man, an op­po­si­tion leader, said Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo was eased out of the Cabi­net be­cause Pres­i­dent Rody Duterte and his al­lies did not want to give her ac­cess to the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s “se­cret plans.”

Ro­bredo, the high­est-rank­ing mem­ber of the Lib­eral Party (LP), has re­signed from the Cabi­net as hous­ing sec­re­tary.

Now, she’s to­tally shut out of these se­cret plans.

*** Lag­man sur­mised this was the true mo­tive for the move to push Ro­bredo into quitting her post af­ter she was told by text mes­sage to stop at­tend­ing Cabi­net meet­ings.

“I think the Vice Pres­i­dent was eased out from Cabi­net to bar her from ac­cess to plans in the Cabi­net and na­tional se­cu­rity meet­ings,” Lag­man said.

That’s the prob­lem with se­cret plans. They’re not dis­cussed in the open.

*** Does Lag­man have any idea or ba­sis for his spec­u­la­tion? He said, “That’s why it’s clan­des­tine. I also do not know.”

Well, thank you for ask­ing him that. He said the ad­min­is­tra­tion has some se­cret plans.

If Rep. Lag­man knew about it, pray tell me, would they still be called se­cret plans?

*** Lag­man said the dec­la­ra­tion of Mar­tial Law could be one of those clan­des­tine plans. “Like what has been said, this ad­min­is­tra­tion is step for­ward, step back­ward. Be­fore you know it, it’s there,” he said.

Well, the Pres­i­dent used to joke about sus­pend­ing the priv­i­lege of the writ of habeas cor­pus or declar­ing Mar­tial Law.

These jokes, those who lived dur­ing the dark days of Mar­tial Law said, were not funny at all.

*** The usu­ally ver­bose Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, a key ad­min­is­tra­tion ally, has been quiet over the burial of the late dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos at the Libin­gan nga mga Bayani.

He was so quiet over that is­sue that ne­ti­zens now call him Sen­a­tor “Qui­etano.”

He in­sisted he re­mains op­posed to the in­ter­ment. But he said it’s no longer his role to be the “ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fis­cal­izer.” “I am one of this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s most ar­dent sup­port­ers.”

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