Senator Sonny Angara isn’t averse to the proposal to make the Commission on Appointment’s voting course of extra “transparent.”
Angara stated he supported the proposal to require CA members to make public their votes in confirming or rejecting the nomination of the President’s appointee.
“I’m okay with that. Okay ako dun. I think that will serve the public interest,” Angara stated
The CA rejected, by way of secret poll, the nomination of Secretary Judy Taguiwalo as head of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), regardless of not having anyone make an opposition in opposition to her.
Angara described how they voted in the course of the closed door deliberation of Taguiwalo’s nomination. “You’re handed a sheet of paper and there are only two words: confirm and appoint. And then you check it. Then, ilalagay mo sa ballot box.”
During the plenary, seven senators made identified their vote to verify Taguiwalo. They have been Senators Frank Drilon, Ralph Recto, Kiko Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, Migz Zubiri, Loren Legarda, and Angara.
No one amongst those that rejected Taguiwalo stood up to verify his or her vote. The CA Committee on Labor and Social Development has 25 members composed of 13 senators and 12 representatives.
“Feeling nila siguro walang kapasidad ‘yung appointee. Ako, feeling ko, she’s qualified,” Angara stated.
“May agreement kasi kami na hindi puwedeng i-publicly disclose ‘yung votes ng iba. Meaning, you’re free to disclose your vote but you cannot disclose what the votes of the others were,” he stated.