MANILA - Social Welfare Judy Taguiwalo on Wednesday said the postponement of her confirmation hearing is "a kind of torture" after lawmakers rescheduled their deliberations for the third time.
"This is a form of torture that I am being subjected to by the CA and its members. I am very willing to submit to their questioning and answer all of them," she was quoted as saying in a statement posted on her Facebook page.
"It is not clear as to why the CA should continue to delay this process of confirmation or non-confirmation if such is their wish. What is clear is that all this has the effect of torture on me, " she added.
Taguiwalo, a survivor of torture during the Martial Law years, was nominated to the portfolio by the Communist Party of the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte said he would be willing to concede four departments to the communist group if they would join his government.
She and Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, also a nominee from the Left, were bypassed in March but were reappointed to their positions the following month.
She faced the Commission on Appointments committee on labor, employment and social welfare once again earlier this month, but lawmakers moved for the suspension of the hearing for Taguiwalo's confirmation to a later date due to time constraints.
She was supposed to make her case before the panel once again Wednesday morning, but it was deferred to a later date due to lack of time as the lawmakers also held confirmation hearings for Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and other ambassadors and foreign service officers, and of Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial.
"Confirm me if they will or not confirm me if such is their wish; I am in office to serve the Filipino people, especially the poor and those in need. It is to them that I am most accountable," she said in the statement.
"I hope the esteemed members of the CA also realize that postponing or delaying my confirmation hearing has a negative impact in one way or another on the DSWD and how it delivers its programs and services to the public," said Taguiwalo.
"We are all placed in limbo - not just myself. It is for all these reasons that I feel such deep dismay and disappointment," she added, while thanking her supporters.