MANILA - The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Davao Rep. Isidro Ungab as colonels of the Army's reserve force.
Administration and opposition senators endorsed the promotions of Duterte-Carpio and Ungab, who both became part of the reserve force in 2008.
“Mas strikto pa po ito kaysa sa tatay niya,” Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go said in the plenary, referring to Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Ungab, on the other hand, “was the first Mindanaoan lawmaker who held the position of House Appropriations chair,” Go said.
“[It is] a position he held with integrity and resolve,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri described Ungab as a “very well-loved person and a very decent man.” Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros said Ungab “came to the legislature highly-recommended.”
During their confirmation hearing, Sen. Panfilo Lacson asked the Davao City mayor why her ally Ungab was removed as House Appropriations chair earlier this month.
Ungab was removed from the House’s budget-writing committee after House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano alleged that some lawmakers were plotting to oust him from the chamber’s top post.
“I had nothing to do with his removal,” Duterte-Carpio told CA members.
In a separate interview, Ungab declined to comment on the issue, citing Army protocol.
“No comment lang muna. I’m in uniform e,” he said, noting that he preferred to comment about his “love” for the reserve force.
“I was a cadet officer during the ROTC days kaya medyo may love na din ako sa service,” Ungab told ABS-CBN News.
“There are occasions when kailangan mo yung reserve force. For example, when half of the troops were in Marawi, ang naiwan to take care of the area of jurisdiction ay kokonti lang so the reservists were user as a multiplying force,” he said.