CA confirmation a matter of respect, analyst says

Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 14 2017 07:06 PM

MANILA - Getting the confirmation of the Commission on Appointments (CA) is a matter of respect for the decision of the president, a professor of public administration and governance said.

Speaking on ANC's Talkback, Professor Edna Co of University of the Philippines (UP) said she believes getting the CA's confirmation is not only based on the competency and qualifications of the nominee.

"Competency, qualifications, it depends really on how one looks at it. It depends on how the commission may look at it," she said.

Unless there is something "grossly wrong," as in the case of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Co said the confirmation is also dependent on the CA's respect for the decision of the president.

Yasay was rejected by the CA for allegedly lying about his US citizenship.

"You can look at a glass of water, half-full or half-empty, and you may really find something wrong, something lacking somewhere. But at the end of the day, it is really that unless there is grossly wrong, as in the case of the foreign affairs, grossly, openly problematic, I think the other issues on the appointment, on the confirmation, depends really, partly on the respect for the selection by the executive of the members of the Cabinet or any appointed officer," she explained.

"As we know, creating the Cabinet, for example, is a question of confidence in a team that will be able to work with and support the President... So I think it's about appreciation of that, and I think the other factors, qualifications, competency, is a matter of perception, perspective, and how one appreciates the nominee or the appointee," Co added.

Among the Cabinet members who have yet to be confirmed by the CA is Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, whose appointment was bypassed on Tuesday.

Other nominees of President Duterte still pending before the CA are Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, and Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial.