A Member of the Commission on Appointments Contingent for the Lower House denies talk that the House bloc voted together against the confirmation of Judy Taguiwalo as Social Welfare Secretary.

Congressman Joel Mayo Almario said in a statement, “as a CA member, I find Taguiwalo qualified as Secretary of the DSWD and should be confirmed. but as the committee chairman, even if my yes vote is different from the majority vote, i have to adhere, abide and announce the collective decison of the majority.”

Almario maintained that the pork barrel was never discussed in the CA deliberations for Taguiwalo simply because there is no pork or PDAF in the DSWD or any other agency after the SC declared it illegal.

Almario however speculates on why his colleagues rejected Taguiwalo, “I can only guess from the questions raised that maybe some factors which led to the rejection  of her appointment were her stand against tax reform and the national ID system as she implied she was against these measures while they are still undergoing deliberations.

earlier today, Makabayan bloc lawmakers reiterated on camera their criticism that their political ally, Judy Taguiwalo as been rejected by the Commisson on Appointments as  Secretary of Social Welfare and Development.

ACT Teachers Party List Rep. Antonio Tinio said, “of course kinukundena natin yung rejection para sa amin malinaw naman yan pinakaqualified na miyembro ng gabinete ni Pang Duterte malinaw din sa rejection ng CA wala namang dahilang binigay. meron bang dahilang binigay dahil di masabi yung tunay na dahilan.”

Tinio amplified Taguiwalo’s belief that she was rejected because  she rejected patronage politics through the pork barrel system and her stance against tha proposed tax reform package.

However Tinio and another lawmaker believe ultimately, President Duterte is to blame for Taguiwalo’s fate.”nilaglag siya ni Pang Duterte alam naman natin ayun ang napagpasya sa galaw ng CA”

Kabataan  Party List rep. sarah elago said, “si pres duterte malinaw din ang kaniyang pagkakalaglag di niya ginawa ang pagtutulak sa supermajority naging malinaw yun sa atin”

Gabriela Party List Representative emmy de Jesus and ACT Teachers rep France castro paid tribute to Taguialo.

de Jesus said,”in sa kanilang sariling interest at gamitin sa mga local na pamamahagi tingin naman ito talaga ang malalang sakit ng korupsyon napatunayan naman ni sec judy yung kaniyang integridad”

castro said, “nalulungkot ako sa pagkakalaglag ni Sec judy sa DSWD kawalan ito para sa mga mahihirap”

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate for his part believes Taguiwalo was a victim of “tokenism” tokenismo di magtutulak ng tunay na pagbabago ito nagpapakita gaano kabulok na rin ang sistema ng pamamahala sino pa yung tapat at may malasakit…siya pa ang tinatakawil

magiging leksyon ito sa 3 nireject ng CA si sec Judy lang ang walang oposisyon

kahit nanahimik ang myembro ng CA nakakabingi ang kanilang pananahimik”