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Arroyo names Chavit Singson deputy nat'l security adviser

September 6, 2008 12:22pm
MANILA, Philippines - Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita on Saturday confirmed that former Ilocos Sur governor Luis "Chavit" Singson has been appointed deputy national security adviser.

GMA Flash Report quoted Ermita as saying Singson's appointment papers were released by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's office on Friday.

The defeated senatorial candidate will replace retired Lieutenant General Pedro Cabuay.

Ermita said he will meet with Singson on Monday to discuss the appointment.

Singson's appointment as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's No. 2 security adviser could lead to speculations about what's in store for National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez.

Considered as one of the most powerful Filipino politicians, Singson is not known for playing second fiddle to anyone, other than the President. He played a key role in events that led to the ouster of President Joseph Estrada in 2001.

His exposé which led to Estrada's impeachment and forced resignation also led him closer to Ms. Arroyo, who became the biggest beneficiary of the uprising by succeeding Estrada by virtue of her being vice president.

Singson is the fifth defeated administration senatorial bet to get a post in the executive department.

The other former Team Unity senatorial bets appointed include Vicente Sotto III (Dangerous Drugs Board), Prospero Pichay Jr. (Local Water Utilities Administration), Michael Defensor (task force on NAIA-3), and Ralph Recto (National Economic and Development Authority).Kimberly Jane Tan, GMANews.TV