Tourism, Justice, Agrarian Reform chiefs confirmed by CA


Posted at May 30 2018 12:15 PM | Updated as of May 30 2018 01:05 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday confirmed the ad interim appointments of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, and Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones.

The Cabinet executives earlier hurdled committee-level deliberations at the CA.

Lawmakers also confirmed the appointment of Socorro Balinghasay Inting as commissioner of the Commission on Elections ; Sulpicio Miguel Confiado as ambassador to Egypt; and Akmad Atlah Sakkamas as ambassador to Jordan.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-Staff Carlito Galvez was also promoted to the rank of General.

Castriciones replaced former lawmaker and activist Rafael Mariano, whose appointment to the Agrarian Reform portfolio was rejected last year.

Romulo-Puyat, a long-time Agriculture undersecretary, was appointed to the Tourism post after the resignation of Sec. Wanda Teo after state auditors questioned a P60-million ad placement by the department on state television PTV-4 for a program that was produced by Teo's brother.

Guevarra told the CA committee on justice that he wanted to make the DOJ a "bastion of the rule of law and a refuge of the oppressed and marginalized."

Guevarra was senior deputy executive secretary before he took over from Vitaliano Aguirre II, who resigned as justice secretary in April.

Aguirre stepped down after state prosecutors dropped drug charges against top suspects Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim, which drew the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Guevarra worked as a member of the 2010 Philippine Truth Commission, deputy executive secretary for legal affairs at the Office of the President in 2015, and commissioner of the Philippine Competition Commission in 2016.