MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he respects the decision of the powerful Commission on Appointments to reject his social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
Duterte said the CA members voted secretly and he has no way of knowing who voted for or against Taguiwalo.
“That is the job of Congress as part of the checks and balances in government, so wala tayong magawa kung i-reject,” Duterte told reporters in Malacañang.
“I don’t want to attribute or impute something… it’s a discretion and they voted [secretly.]”
Taguiwalo was one of the Cabinet members nominated by the Left to the Duterte Cabinet, along with Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano.
The other government appointees associated with the Left are Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod, National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza, and Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor Chairman Terry Ridon.
Malacañang earlier said Duterte gave his full trust and support for Taguiwalo “even when she sided with leftists groups opposing the President’s positions.”
This, amid allegations that the President did not support Taguiwalo enough for her to hurdle the CA.
Duterte has yet to pick a replacement for Taguiwalo. In the meantime, Emmanuel Leyco, DSWD Undersecretary for Finance and Administration, has been tapped to become the officer-in-charge at the DSWD.