- Boy Abunda reacted to the negative comments over Freddie Aguilar’s appointment as NCCA chief
- He respects the opinion of others but he doesn’t appreciate the condescension
- He said some of the greatest leaders are the people who don’t have higher education
- He said it’s hard to become the NCCA chair because it is governed by a law
- He clarified that the NCCA chair is elected by a board of commissioners
Boy Abunda gave his opinion over the negative reaction of people over the ‘appointment’ of Freddie Aguilar as the head of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCAA).
According to an article published by ABS-CBN News, on his show “Tonight with Boy Abunda”, the veteran TV host expressed that he really respects the opinion of others but he doesn’t appreciate the condescension and underestimation of the capabilities of someone just because he didn’t finish higher education.
Push quoted him as saying: “I don’t appreciate the condescension. I don’t appreciate yung pangmamaliit (the underestimation) because you know for as long as your heart is in the right place, and some of the greatest leaders in this world ay mga taong hindi naman mataas ang pinag-aralan (are people who didn’t have higher education). Pero (But) for as long as your heart is in the right place and you have the mind of a manager, hire the right people to run the bureaucracy, to run the everyday activities for example, of the commission, you can do it. ‘Wag natin tawaran ang kakayahan ng ating kapwa hanggang hindi natin nasusubukan (Let’s not underestimate the capabilities of our fellowmen if we haven’t seen what he can do yet).
However, Abunda expressed that it’s hard to become the NCCA chair because it is governed by a law.
He added that the NCCA chair is elected by a board of commissioners.
A few days after Ka Freddie announced that he accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to become the head of the NCAA, current NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon clarified that the position isn’t appointive and went on to explain how someone can become the head of the cultural agency.
In a text message he sent to Business World, de Leon said: “The position of NCCA chairman is not appointive, according to Republic Act 7356. The chairman is elected by the Board of Commissioners. There are four levels of elections — general assembly, committee membership, committee chairmanship, and head of a subcommission — before you can be a member of the Board, who will then elect its Chair. The committee members are fiercely independent artists and cultural workers who will always like to choose their own leaders.”