Mrs. Gloria Arroyo recently appointed a “Hello Garci” general as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces and a bureaucrat-capitalist who voted to junk last year’s impeachment against her as secretary of education.
Lt. Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr., who took over the post of AFP’s 35th chief of staff yesterday, was mentioned twice in the Hello Garci tapes. Meanwhile, former Tarlac Rep. Jesli Lapus, who now heads the education department, is a certified public accountant/businessman-turned-politican. He replaced Fe Hidalgo, a classrom teacher who rose to the ranks to become officer-in-charge of the department. Lapus’s appointment is opposed by the Department of Education union and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers.