Four Cabinet Appointees of Pres. Duterte Bypassed by Commission on Appointments (CA)


Four prominent members of the Cabinet under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte was bypassed by the Commission on Appointments (CA). The CA effectively bypassed four appointees namely DENR Sec. Gina Lopez, DAR Chairman Rafael Mariano, DOH Sec. Paulyn Jean Ubial, DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones, and DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo.


Commission on Appointments (CA) Majority leader Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III was quoted as saying "We will tackle their appointments in our last plenary session on Wednesday. That means they are bypassed, and the President can reappoint them," Rep. Albano said.

The CA also announced that the last remaining unconfirmed Cabinet members, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, could be tackled, according to Rep. Albano.

Sec. Gina Lopez is considered as the most controversial among the appointees of Pres. Rody Duterte because of the shakeup in the mining industry.

During Wednesday's confirmation hearing, Sec. Lopez bluntly told the House-Commission on Appointment Head, San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, that his brother "has killed a big mountain."

The Zamoras own Nickel Asia Corp., one of the biggest mining companies in the country. Sec. Gina Lopez ordered the closure of a Nickel Asia mine in Surigao del Norte.

DENR Sec. Gina Lopez's supporters have urged Rep. Zamora and other CA members with mining interests to inhibit in the consideration and vote on her appointment.

Aside from Lopez, Mariano, Ubial and Taguiwalo have become controversial among congressmen and senators. Some landed lawmakers are questioning Mariano’s advocacy of prohibiting the conversion of agricultural lands for residential, commercial or industrial uses to preserve whatever is left of farming areas.

Despite the announced bypassed by the CA on Sec. Gina Lopez appointment, Pres. Rody Duterte declared that there is no vacancy in the Cabinet, indicating that he supports Lopez all the way despite her failure to hurdle the last CA hearing.

Source: PhilStar


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