25 February 2012

'Probe SBMA appointee mess'

MANILA - Malacañang has ordered an investigation into the alleged misrepresentation of a certain Mike Macapagal who claimed to have been named Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) administrator.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said President Aquino did not appoint Macapagal to the post being held by Roberto Garcia, who took his oath of office at Malacañang last Monday. Garcia was appointed on Nov. 21, 2011.

“Due to the confusion caused in SBMA by the statements of Mr. Macapagal and his representatives, I have directed the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct an investigation into the matter and prepare the filing of appropriate charges,” Ochoa said.

Based on reports, Ochoa said Macapagal supposedly presented to the media his appointment papers and a press release announcing his appointment as SBMA administrator. (Aurea Calica, Ric Sapnu, Philippine Star)