Wednesday, January 19, 2011

PNoy names leftist as political adviser

In an unusual move, President Aquino has named a non-party mate as presidential adviser for political affairs.

The President announced his appointment of Akbayan president Ronald Llamas at a gathering in MalacaƱang on Wednesday night to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Liberal Party (LP).

Akbayan is a coalition partner of the LP, and Llamas himself is a key adviser of President Aquino as well as LP president and former Senator Mar Roxas.

Palace officials present said the President described Llamas as "matagal nang kasama at kaalyado (a long-time ally)."

Llamas, in turn, vowed: "Plano kong seryosong isulong ang mga reporma at mga pampulitikang proyekto ng ating presidente para baguhin ang sistema ng korupsyon at kahirapan ng ating bansa."

(I plan to seriously pursue reforms and political projects of the president in order to change the system of corruption and poverty in our country.)

Presidential advisers are usually party mates of the President to ensure that political policies are aligned with party principles, and for better coordination with other party members.

Aquino earlier appointed Llamas as member of the board of directors of the Development Bank of the Philippines.

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