MANILA - Malacañang lamented the decision of the Commission on Appointments to reject the appointment of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
“We are saddened by the Commission on Appointments’ rejection of Secretary Judy Taguiwalo,” said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a statement Wednesday.
“Secretary Taguiwalo had served the Duterte administration with passion, profession and integrity. She made an impact in the lives of many Filipinos in her tenure as DSWD Secretary,” he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte is now scouting for Taguiwalo's replacement, said Abella.
A majority of the CA members voted against Taguiwalo, according to Davao Oriental Representative Joel Almario, who led the confirmation hearings.
Almario did not say how many voted in favor or if there were abstentions, but said they reached the necessary number of 13.
Taguiwalo was named to the Cabinet by the Communist Party of the Philippines as Duterte sought to broker a peace deal with leftist rebels.
The social welfare chief 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.