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Fallout from peace talks breakdown continues

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.

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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President Duterte continues to hold the Commission on Appointments in high esteem despite observing lobby money might have influenced the rejection of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez’s appointment.

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A member of the 12-man House contingent to the Commission on Appointments defended yesterday her vote against the ad interim appointment of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez.

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Thus said Secretary Gina Lopez after the Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected her appointment as head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) yesterday.

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