Lasy year, the Commission on Appointments (CA) had bypassed the appointment of Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Judy Taguiwalo of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). All three had faced tough oppositions from the CA members because of some controversial issues they dealt within their respective agencies.
DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo Facebook page call the attention of her followers to use the hashtags #ConfirmJudy #ConfirmKaPaeng #ConfirmGina to confirm the three by the Commission on Appointments.
Taguiwalo also revealed the reasons why they were in danger of not being confirmed by the congress.
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Kindly read her entire Facebook post below for your reference.
The Commission on Appointments has set the confirmation hearings of Judy Taguiwalo, Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano of the Department of Agrarian Reform and Gina Lopez of the DENR on May 3 at the Senate. We are calling for broad support for the three cabinet secretaries. There are issues that stand in the way of their confirmation. Gina is opposed by big mining firms. Ka Paeng's confirmation is opposed by big landlords and hacienda-owners. Judy’s confirmation is opposed by lawmakers who wish to continue the practice of informal pork barrel involving DSWD funds. According to the CA rules, if they are bypassed for a third time, they cannot be reappointed on an interim basis. The CA will have to decide whether to confirm or reject their appointments.
There is an urgent need to show broad support for the progressives in the Duterte cabinet and thwart plans by the CA to confirm only those who wish to uphold “business as usual” politics. It is not everyday that we have cabinet officials who truly work for the interests of the people and defy well-entrenched elite interests.
Please join us on May 2, 10am for a broad press conference at the Quezon City Sports Club. Let us amplify the call to confirm Judy, Ka Paeng and Gina. Join us also in the mobilization and gallery trooping on May 3, 9am at the Senate.
#ConfirmJudy #ConfirmKaPaeng #ConfirmGina