President Rodrigo Duterte initially wished all colours within the political spectrum to hitch his “rainbow” Cabinet.
But 13 months later, Duterte appears fed up with having Reds within the Cabinet.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella defined that Duterte appointed militant particular person, akin to former anti-Marcos activist Judy Taguiwalo, in his Cabinet on the belief that Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front of the Philippines would be cooperative.
But he apparently thought mistaken and has since scuttled peace talks with the CPP-NDFP after a collection of assaults by the New People’s Army on defenseless troopers, the most recent of which was the ambush on his Presidential Security Group which he referred to as an try on his life.
“One reason why the Cabinet is a rainbow-colored Cabinet, including left-leaning secretaries, was precisely because of the agreement that we could be more cooperative, the left would be more cooperative regarding that matter (peace process). That’s one reason why they’re part of this.,” stated Abella in a briefing Friday.
But Abella refused to take a position on whether or not the collapse of the peace talks and Duterte’s enmity to the Left was the rationale why Taguiwalo was not confirmed in her post by the Commission on Appointments (which additionally didn’t reveal the rationale why (and what number of) members voted to reject her appointment.
“We cannot speculate on the reason why she was not finally appointed. The President has said again and again that he will not interfere with the process. He also respects the boundaries between the three branches of government,” stated Abella.
In a ready assertion, Abella famous that the President has repeatedly given full belief and help for Taguiwalo even when she sided with leftist teams opposing the President’s positions.
On Taguiwalo’s accusation that corruption remained rampant below Duterte, Abella didn’t deny it however merely acknowledged that the President was addressing this in his “all-government approach.”