Robredo calls for 'more transparent' Commission on Appointments process

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2017 02:56 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo has called for a "more transparent" confirmation process a day after the Commission on Appointments rejected the appointment of Judy Taguiwalo as Social Welfare and Development Secretary.

"Siguro, mas gugustuhin sana natin na mas transparent yung process, mas alam natin bakit na-reject," Robredo said.

Aside from Taguiwalo, former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez's rejection was also regrettable, Robredo said.

"Maraming mga nangyari in the past like Sec. Gina Lopez na nalungkot tayo na na-reject yung appointment, si Sec. Judy Taguiwalo na-reject yung appointment, yung asawa ko, he was secretary for 2 years pero never na confirm," the vice president said, referring to her late husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Though the process must be respected, it would be better if members of the 24-strong Commission on Appointments publicly explained why they thumbed down certain appointments, Robredo said.

"Tingin ko kasi yung frustration galing dun. Alam mo yun, yung alam mo na ipinaglalaban ng taong ito yun din ang pinaglalaban mo and yet di siya pumasa sa proseso," Robredo said.

The vice president also urged Filipinos to continue asking questions about unjustified appointment rejections to remind members of the CA of their responsibilities.

"Bahagi nga siya (confimation process) ng demokrasya pero tingin ko mahalaga din na pag may ganitong nangyayari, nag-eexpress tayo ng outrage para yung mga tao o opisina na binigyan ng mandate, naca-call out yung attention nila na hindi naabuso yung mandating binigay sa kanila," she said.