Clarification on the appointment of SBMA Administrator
Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., Office of the President, 2/24/2012 - Reports have recently surfaced that a certain Mr. Mike Macapagal has
been appointed by President Aquino as administrator of the Subic Bay
Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). To back up this claim, the supposed
appointment papers of Mr. Macapagal have been shown to members of the
media, together with press releases announcing his appointment to the
All these are untrue.
Mr. Macapagal has not been appointed by the President as SBMA
Administrator. Neither has our office prepared or released any
appointment papers to that effect. He has never been considered for
the post, which is currently held by SBMA Chair Roberto Garcia, who
was appointed SBMA administrator in a concurrent capacity by the
President on November 21, 2011.
Due to the confusion caused in SBMA by the statements of Mr. Macapagal
and his representatives, I have directed the National Bureau of
Investigation to conduct an investigation into the matter and prepare
the filing of appropriate charges.