The same body that rejected the ad interim appointments of then Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., and Environment Secretary Regina “Gina” Lopez, dealt the same booting out for DSWD Secretary Taguiwalo.
She is the third member of the Duterte’s official family that was rejected by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) which is mandated by the 1987 Constitution to which is mandated to screen appointments to the Cabinet, diplomatic posts and promotions to higher military ranks.
Davai Oriental Representative Jose Almario, read the decision. And described the decision-making process a painstaking task.
|DSWD Chief Judy Taguiwalo, the third cabinet appointee by President Duterte that has been rejected by the powerful Commission on Appointments (photo credit to MindaNation)
“Our position, Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues, is no easy task. And our role is sacred,” Almario said.“I stand before this august chamber as your chairman on the committee on labor, employment, and social welfare, to move for the Commission on Appointments to reject the ad interim appointment of Judy Marigomen Taguiwalo as secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” he said
Taguiwalo was one of three Cabinet members that was nominated by the Communist Party of the Philippines. The others are Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and National Anti-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Liza Maza. Known as an activist and professor, she denies her link from the CPP.
Malacañan was saddened by the rejection of Taguiwalo.
"Secretary Taguiwalo had served the Duterte administration with passion, profession and integrity. She made and impact in the lives of many Filipinos in her tenure as DSWD secretary," Presidential spokesperson Ernest Abella said in a statement.