MANILA - The confirmation of Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman was not presented at the plenary session of the Confirmation on Appointments where Senator Miriam Santiago would have invoked her veto power to block Soliman's appointment.
CA chair and Senate President Franklin Drilon said that the panel that approved Soliman's confirmation at the committee level did not submit a report which would have been tackled at the CA's en banc session for deliberations.
Senator Miriam Santiago sees this as a "plot" to deprive her the power to veto Soliman's appointment especially if Soliman's appointment would instead be tackled on Wednesday next week, June 11, the last session day of the Senate before it adjourns sine die.
A CA member can invoke Section 20 of the CA rules to suspend the consideration of a nomination or appointment, effectively blocking an appointee's confirmation. But the rule cannot be invoked on the last session prior to a sine die adjournment of Congress.
"If this plan is true, then I fiercely protest against the juggling of dates intended to deprive me of the veto… To reschedule Soliman for the sole purpose of circumventing the Rules is indubitably unethical and reeks of trapo politics," Santiago said in her letter today to Drilon.
Santiago has earlier expressed her intention to block Soliman's appointment in a letter yesterday to Rep. Conrado Estrella III, chair of the CA committee on labor, employment, and social welfare.