Opposition senators are crestfallen by the Commission on Appointments’ rejection of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sec. Judy Taguiwalo.
Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, president of the Liberal Party (LP), mentioned Taguiwalo was a giant loss to the Duterte administration.
“In the 14 months that Taguiwalo was at the helm of the DSWD, we have seen her continue the Aquino administration’s successful conditional cash transfer (CCT) or 4Ps program which benefited 4.4 million Filipino families,” he mentioned.
Pangilinan took word of get together mate, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto’s description of Taguiwalo’s “guts and grit” and her expertise combating the Marcos dictatorship, together with her expertise as a political prisoner in three jails, which he mentioned ought to have made her affirmation computerized.
“It is ironic that the allies of the administration rejected the President’s appointee,” he mentioned.
Pangilinan additionally additional famous Taguiwalo’s stance in opposition to the decreasing the age of felony legal responsibility of minors being pushed by some administration allies.
“It’s unfortunate that Taguiwalo did not have enough votes for her confirmation, even with my colleagues vouching for her integrity and work ethic,” mentioned Sen. Bam Aquino.
Besides coping with main challenges forward, similar to sustaining the success of the 4Ps program and ramping up its implementation, Aquino mentioned her alternative would wish the identical ardour as Tagiuwalo in addressing inequality and make sure the effectiveness of poverty alleviation packages.