The appointment of Secretaries Judy Taguiwalo, Paulyn Jean Ubial and Rafael Mariano have already deemed bypassed because the Commission on Appointments (CA) has put on maintain all future hearings on their respective nominations till it has finalized the evaluate of its guidelines.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday (May 17) mentioned there could be no affirmation hearings on Cabinet officers insofar because the CA is worried throughout the final two weeks of Congress periods.
“It’s an inevitable consequence na bypassed sila,” he mentioned.
During the CA members’ caucus, Sotto mentioned they’ve determined to prioritize the decision filed by Sen. Bam Aquino searching for to revisit their rule on secret balloting system which proved to be “problematic” when the affirmation of former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Gina Lopez was rejected by the bicameral appointments physique.
“The CA rules committee has to meet and finally come up with a solution and then recommend it to the members. We cannot do that in a week’s time. So we cannot vote next week and the week after. It’s useless (to continue holding their confirmation hearings) unless we already resolved the issue of secret balloting,” Sotto defined.
The CA, nevertheless, will maintain affirmation hearings on promotions of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officers that may not be subjected to the key vote system by lawmakers.
“Sa (officials of) DND (Department of National Defense), walang secret balloting because this rule applies only to Cabinet secretaries kasi nga may mga controversies (in some of them),” he mentioned.
Both Taguiwalo, secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Ubial, secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) are nonetheless present process affirmation proceedings whereas that of Mariano, chief of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), has but to be scheduled by the CA.