Did former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo fail to get President Rodrigo Duterte’s backing for her affirmation due to stories that she funneled public funds to the New People’s Army (NPA)?
In an interview with reporters Monday (August 28) in Pampanga, Duterte stated there have been stories that Taguiwalo gave funds supposed for the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program to the insurgent group.
“Kagaya ni Taguiwalo, that she was suspected by, hindi naman lahat, but people — hindi rin ano — na the bulk of the money went to, ditong Pantawid, naibigay doon sa mga — ako sinabi ko, naibigay sa mga NPA,” he stated.
While Duterte stated he understood if the cash Taguiwalo gave was for purchasing meals, there was additionally a risk that the NPA used it to buy arms.
“Kaso lang, baka ‘yung pera, sabi nga ng… Baka naibili ng mga bala o armas, because of the pronouncement of Sison that they are expanding, that they are recruiting. So therefore, they would need more arms. They can buy, ambush, steal, or extort, whatever,” he stated.
Asked if he believes Taguiwalo misused the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s funds, Duterte stated: “Hindi ko sinabi ‘yan. Merong mga reports. Sabi ko, ‘Hindi ko kailangan niyan.’ Alam ko, mga left ‘yan sila, kaya ko kinuha. But ‘yung ano, sabi ko, I leave it to the others to pass judgment.”
Taguiwalo earlier lamented that Duterte didn’t reciprocate the religion she had in him following her rejection by the CA.
“Mr. President I kept faith with you. Nalulungkot lang ako kasi I don’t think you kept faith with me at the end,” she tweeted on August 22.