These appointments are totally deplorable. Clearly. they are desperate acts of an outgoing Presidents who will soon be made to account for her official acts when stripped of presidential immunity.
They are meant to place key loyalists of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in positions of influence and authority as a means to ensure that she remains a force to reckon with even after she leaves Malacanang. She is creating a phalanx of Arroyo loyalists in the bureaucracy, who she hopes will rally around her and use the resources of their government posts to protect her hide once she loses her immunity from suits after June 30.
These GMA loyalists must be warned that their appointments will be scrutinized. If they wish to be spared from public scrutiny and controversy, I urge them out of delicadeza to do a Versoza by submitting their courtesy resignations come June 30.
By June 30 these loyalists won't have a sitting President to protect them and, like Romulo Neri, they may find themselves left to fend for themselves.