Angelito Tan Banayo
Banayo in 2018
Representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office
In office
June 30, 2016 – June 30, 2022
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byAntonio I. Basilio
Succeeded bySilvestre Bello III
Administrator of the National Food Authority
In office
July 2010 – September 30, 2012
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byJessup Navarro
Succeeded byOrlan Calayag
General Manager of the Philippine Tourism Authority
In office
June 30, 1998 – November 2000
PresidentJoseph Estrada
Preceded byEduardo Joaquin
Succeeded byNixon Kua
Postmaster General of the Philippines
In office
March 8, 1986 – 1987
PresidentCory Aquino
Preceded byRoilo Golez
Succeeded byRoilo Golez
Personal details
Alma materColegio de San Juan de Letran
Ateneo de Manila University
University of the Philippines Diliman

Angelito "Lito" Tan Banayo (born 1946) is a Filipino politician with the Nationalist People's Coalition. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, the de facto embassy of the Philippines in Taiwan, by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 30, 2016.[1] Formerly the Postmaster General under Cory Aquino and then head of the Philippine Tourism Authority during the Joseph Estrada administration, he later became administrator of the National Food Authority under Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala during the presidency of Benigno Aquino III. He resigned from the latter post in September 2012 to run for the House of Representatives, but then withdrew from the race in December of that same year. He served as the campaign manager for Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's presidential campaign in 2022.

Personal life

Banayo grew up in Butuan, Agusan del Norte, where his family had moved in the 1960s.[2] He studied economics at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, and then went on to the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and the University of the Philippines College of Public Administration.[3]

As Postmaster General

In the aftermath of the February 1986 People Power Revolution which ousted President Ferdinand Marcos, incoming president Cory Aquino appointed Banayo as Postmaster General, succeeding Roilo Golez who had resigned to run for the Senate in the 1987 elections. As Postmaster General, Banayo instituted reforms aimed at reducing employee pilferage, in particular installing one-way mirrors at Manila International Airport Airmail Distribution Center. He resisted calls to conduct a purge of Marcos-era employees, though he did aim to make executive cuts while expanding the number of mail carriers, mail sorters, and other base-level employees. He also investigated corruption and malfeasance as part of a "big cleanup", in some cases finding that allegations of corruption against certain people were in fact false rumors spread by political opponents, while in other cases finding genuine wrongdoing such as a mail-pilfering syndicate operating in the Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions.[4] Banayo was also responsible for the push to establish the Philippine Postal Corporation, a government-owned company, to replace the old Bureau of Posts.[3] However, his predecessor Golez' Senate campaign was unsuccessful, and in July 1987 Golez was appointed back to Banayo's post.[4]

Late 1990s and 2000s

During the Joseph Estrada administration, Banayo served as a presidential political advisor, as well as general manager of the Philippine Tourism Authority.[3] In 2004, Banayo went on to become a columnist for the daily newspaper Malaya, a post which he held until 2010.[3] He spoke out against murder allegations leveled at Senator Panfilo Lacson in 2010, after Lacson had fled the country for Hong Kong, [5] where he formerly served as his campaign strategist during 2004 elections.

Administrator of the National Food Authority

Banayo was appointed to head the National Food Authority by President Benigno Aquino III, amidst accusations of over-importation by outgoing president Gloria Arroyo's administration.[6] In response to President Aquino's complaints of rice stocks "rotting in government warehouses", he appointed a private-sector auditor to investigate the NFA's rice procurement and importation system.[7] Banayo also called on the National Bureau of Investigation to help combat rice smuggling.[8] By January 2011, Banayo had produced a report with his findings, alleging overpricing of rice imports during the Arroyo administration, which he submitted to Aquino for further investigation; Arroyo-era agricultural officials including Arthur Yap disputed Banayo's price data.[9]

During the rest of his tenure, Banayo aimed to decrease the agency's role in rice importation, stating that the private sector should take the lead in this regard, and instead focus on local procurement; he would later warn of the financial dangers of the NFA "monopoly" on imports.[10]

In 2014, the National Bureau of Investigation filed graft charges before the Ombudsman against Banayo and five others in connection with the alleged irregular rice importation program of the agency during his Tenure [11]

House of Representatives campaign

In September 2012, Banayo resigned from his NFA post to prepare to contest the May 2013 House of Representatives mid-term elections in Agusan del Norte. Orlan Calayag was appointed to succeed him in January 2013.[12]

In December 2012, 4 SM Agri Venture Multi-Purpose Cooperative head Simeon Sioson claimed in testimony before the Senate that Banayo and Nixon Kua had been involved in rice smuggling.[13] At the time, Banayo had just undergone heart surgery, and did not appear at a Senate Agriculture and Food Committee hearing about the smuggling allegations; chairman Francis Pangilinan stated in media comments that the committee would schedule another hearing.[14] He withdrew from the race at the end of his month, citing health reasons. Fellow party members denied reports that his withdrawal was related to unpopularity or the rice smuggling inquiry against him.[15]

In February 2013, the Senate committee recommended that Banayo and Gilbert Lauengco of the NFA's special bids and awards committee be charged under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (R.A. 3019).[16] Their findings were later referred to the Ombudsman of the Philippines, which by March 2014 had declined to pursue the matter further.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Duterte appoints experts to DICT, MECO, NAPC". Presidential Communications Operations Office. Archived from the original on July 4, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "NFA chief Lito Banayo running for Congress". Rappler. September 25, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Del Castillo, Butch (August 30, 2012). "Lito Banayo for congressman?". Business Mirror. Archived from the original on May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Profile: The new Postmaster General — 'Snake pit' by the Pasig gets new image". Manila Standard. July 6, 1987. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "Lacson to seek political asylum?". ABS-CBN News. February 8, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  6. ^ Burgonio, TJ (July 28, 2010). "'We're swimming in rice' — NFA chief". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on March 26, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "NFA creates audit team to probe reported rice scams". Saudi Gazette. July 28, 2010. Archived from the original on May 19, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "NBI tapped to help stop rice smuggling". MegaScene: The Fil-Am Weekly. July 30, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  9. ^ Cabacungan, Gil C. Jr.; Bordadora, Norman (January 15, 2011). "Rice overprice probe on; Yap disputes data". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 18, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Requejo, Rey E. (February 17, 2014). "NFA monopoly threatens rice industry". Manila Standard Today. Archived from the original on May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "NFA gave legal cover to smugglers". Philippine Daily Inquirer. August 21, 2014.
  12. ^ "Real estate consultant is new NFA chief". Rappler. January 21, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  13. ^ Tan, Kimberly Jane (December 10, 2012). "Witnesses link 2 ex-govt officials to rice smuggling". GMA News. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  14. ^ Chua, Ryan (December 17, 2012). "Banayo a no-show at rice smuggling probe". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  15. ^ Serrano, Ben (December 24, 2012). "Lawmakers welcome Banayo withdrawal from Congress race". Philippine Star. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  16. ^ Mendez, Christina (February 13, 2013). "Senate wants Banayo charged over rice smuggling". Philippine Star. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  17. ^ Purificacion, Marlon (March 6, 2014). "Ombudsman hit!". Journal Online. Archived from the original on May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2014.