President Noynoy Aquino cannot expect a honeymoon from the previous GMA administration people. Of course, we know now about the midnight appointments, midnight executive orders, and even the massive administration overspending and bankruptcy of the national coffers.
What is not commonly known is the fact of laws passed and appointments made in the last two years which basically severely limits the presidential prerogative in running his own Executive Department. One form of these “landmine” laws are those covering the attached agencies in various departments which gave them autonomous powers and fixed terms for their boards or executives. One example of the “landmine” appointments is the one for the post of the Ombudsman.
Now, there is the suspicion that some of these appointees have much deeper objectives, such as sabotaging President Noynoy’s efforts at reforms and good governance, even setting up his key people for media attacks or legal cases later. The worst possibility is a destabilization plot further down the line, similar to what happened to the Erap Estrada administration. The latter was brought down two years into its term by a combination of plots and mobilization of people power.
It is of paramount importance for the Aquino administration to ensure its firm hold on power, get rid of the agents of the past administration, deliver on its promises, communicate these to the people, and basically guard itself from possible attacks coming from within and outside its administration.