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JV: Duque good choice at DoH

A political ally of President Duterte said yesterday he is optimistic that new Department of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III would be confirmed by the powerful 25-member Commission on Appointments.

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial failed to convince the Commission on Appointments (CA) as the powerful body yesterday voted to reject her ad interim appointment to the Department of Health (DoH).

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The Commission on Appointments yesterday confirmed the appointment of retired Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Roy A. Cimatu as Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary.

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AMONG his hopes when President Duterte began his administration was that he would end the nearly half-century-long rebellion of the New People’s Army (NPA), along with peace with the Moro Liberation Fronts in Mindanao. He reached out to his old mentor at the Lyceum of the Philippines, Jose Ma. Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) which, with the NPA and the National Democratic Front (NDF), are at the core of the leftist movement in the country today.

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Social welfare and development outgoing secretary Judy Taguiwalo said that she still keeps her faith with President Duterte even after the Commission on Appointments rejected her.

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Secretary Judy Taguiwalo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) became the third cabinet member of President Duterte to be rejected by the Commission on Appointments (CA) last Wednesday, after Perfecto Yasay Jr. of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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