Freddie Aguilar would have to wait a bit longer to become chair of the NCCA
Apparently, it's not up to the president.
(SPOT.ph) Rumors that Freddie Aguilar will head the National Commission for Culture and the Arts started after the "Anak" hitmaker revealed in an interview that he's being appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte for the position. "Tinawagan ako ni Bong Go at sabi sa akin, 'Sir Freddie, hangga't wala pa po iyong department of culture and the arts na hinihingi po ninyo sa presidente ay puwede po bang kayo po muna ang mamahala sa NCCA?" he told ABS-CBN News on July 11.
What would be Aguilar's first order of business? When News5 Everywhere asked him about the Torre de Manila (a.k.a. pambansang photobomber) issue in Luneta, he said, "Pagpapalitin ko po 'yong pwesto ng kalabaw at tsaka ni Rizal. Gano'n lang po ka-simple."
Looks like we won't be seeing that "simple" solution anytime soon as Felipe de Leon, current chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, denied Aguilar's possible claim of the position. He told BusinessWorld via text message on July 16 that: "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." De Leon also added that Duterte has not made any formal announcement that he has appointed Aguilar.