Former Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Wednesday mentioned that she had ready herself for an imminent rejection of her appointment by the Commission on Appointments (CA).
“I was hoping for the best but expecting the worst,” Taguiwalo mentioned in a press convention after the CA rejected her appointment as Secretary of the company.
She mentioned it was a “badge of honor” to be rejected the identical manner as former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez as they each stood by their integrity and will by no means be labeled as “corrupt.”
She cited three explanation why the CA rejected her affirmation — her opposition to Duterte administration’s proposed tax reform package deal, her stand in opposition to pork barrel and her ties to the National Democratic Front (NDF), negotiating arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
She mentioned that a number of members of Congress continued to method her for what they claimed had been their pork barrel allocations or share of the DSWD price range to implement their pet tasks.
“…Meron silang sinasabi na ‘may pera ako diyan’, e hindi ‘yan ayon sa batas. Wala akong ginagawa na masama, ang ginawa ko tumindig ako sa desisyon ng Supreme Court na walang pork dapat (They tell me ‘I have a share there’ but it’s not according to the law. I wasn’t doing anything wrong, the only thing I did was stand by the decision of the Supreme Court that there should no longer be pork),” Taguiwalo mentioned.
“…Ang pondo ng DSWD ay common fund at hindi entitlement ni congressman o congresswoman (The funds of the DSWD are common funds and not the entitlement of a congressman or congresswoman),” she added.
Taguiwalo mentioned her hyperlinks to the NDF might have additionally been a cause for the CA rejection significantly experiences that the DSWD offered help to armed rebels when she was actually aiding “lumad” teams.
“…May mga nag intriga na nagbigay ng malisya sa pagbigay ng pagtulong sa mga lumad, sila raw ay NPA (New People’s Army). Sinabi ko na ang mga binigyan naming ng tulong ay hindi armado, naging biktima sila ng bakwit at mandata nila ang tulungan nila (There were some who saw malice in our providing help for lumads, claiming they were members of the NPA. I said that those we helped were not armed but evacuees and it was our mandate to help them),” she added.
She expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for giving her the chance to steer the DSWD.