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Gordon defends appointment of Eisma as SBMA chair

Sep 29, 2017 @ 7:15

Senator Richard Gordon on Thursday said the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) needed “somebody from Olongapo” as its leader.

The senator made the comment as he criticized Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for questioning President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to appoint Wilma Eisma as both chairperson and administrator of SBMA.

Eisma was born and raised in Olongapo City in Zambales before she earned her law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University 24 years ago.

Gordon said he can vouch for Eisma because he knew the lawyer could handle the job very well.

“Talaga namang qualified ‘yong tao. Bakit pati ‘yon idadamay niya? ‘Wag siyang mandamay ng tao,” said Gordon, who used to head the government agency based in Olongapo City in Zambales province.

In 1993, he hired Eisma as his executive assistant and as member of the agency’s legal department.

Eisma stayed with SBMA until 1998 before she joined the Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco Corporation, Inc. as sustainability and contributions manager.

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