On Wednesday, August 16, the Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected Judy Taguiwalo’s confirmation as Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary. Despite being rejected, Taguiwalo said she was proud to say that she has served the people and that her “integrity remains intact.”
I have served the people well. I gave my all and I am proud to say that my integrity remains intact and I have never wanted to lose sight of the people I have sworn to serve with full fidelity and courage.In a Facebook post on Manay Judy Taguiwalo's Facebook page, the humble former DSWD secretary said:
Isang karangalan makapaglingkod sa bayan bilang DSWD secretary kahit sa maikling panahon.
Subalit sa ganang akin, naniniwala ako na hindi sinasalamin ng desisyon ng CA ang damdamin ng taong-bayan. Buo ang aking tiwala sa mamamayan at higit kanino man na sa kanila ako may pananagutan.
Isang karangalan ang makapaglingkod sa bayan bilang DSWD secretary kahit sa maikling panahon. Naniniwala ako na hindi sinasalamin ng desisyon ng CA ang damdamin ng taumbayan...READ ALSO: Furious Columnist to CA who Rejects Taguiwalo: Whose Interest are You Serving?
Walang forever sa posisyon pero may forever sa paglilingkod sa bayan.
Manay Judy Taguiwalo
Former DSWD Secretary
July 1, 2016 to August 16, 2017
Her post as of this writing has generated more than 1,900 shares with more than 10,000 different reactions from the netizens.
The CA reached 13 votes to reject Taguiwalo’s appointment. She is the third member of the Duterte Cabinet to be rejected by the CA - the same body that rejected the appointments of then Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., and Environment Secretary Regina “Gina” Lopez.