Malacañang insisted that it remains to be transparent even though it ceased to release to the public copies of the appointment papers of those designated to occupy prominent positions in government.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after newly-named PhilHealth president Dante Gierran hinted that he could not start the revamp in the agency because he has not yet received his appointment papers.
In his Thursday presser, Roque said he “believes” that Gierran has an appointment paper and suggested that maybe it has not reached him yet.
“Yes?” Roque said when asked about Gierran’s appointment papers. “I believe he has. Because no less than the President announced it.”
“Kung hindi nakakarating sa kanya siguro time lag lang ‘yan (If he does not have it yet, maybe it’s just a time lag),” he added.
Malacañang used to release to the public copies of appointment papers but the policy changed after Roque left his post in Malacañang in 2018 to run for Senate.
According to Roque, it is now up to the appointee if they want to publicize their appointment or not.
“Ngayon ang policy po namin sa OPS (Now our policy in the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson), it’s up to the appointed officials to post it if they want. We just confirm that an appointment has been made,” he said.
“Yung new policy po is ‘yan po yung lumabas na ako during my first round of being [the] spokesperson. Sa pagbalik ko po bago na ang polisya (The new policy took effect after my first round as the spokesperson. When I came back, the policy had already changed),” he added.
The Palace official, however, said that Malacañang is still transparent since they are the ones confirming someone’s appointment.
“Nandiyan pa rin po ang transparency dahil nga inaanunsyo naman namin kung sino ang na-appoint (The transparency is still there because we are the ones announcing who are the people being appointed),” Roque said.
“Pero po kasi yung (But the appointment paper itself is addressed to the appointee. So it’s up to the appointee kung gusto niya ilabas ‘yan (if he wants to publicize it or not),” he added.