DAR, DSWD, and DENR chiefs are in danger, a call for their confirmation went viral

Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano, Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez are allegedly in danger for a threat that their respective confirmation might be negated by the Congress went viral.


The three top performing head of agencies faced tough oppositions from the Commission on Appointments members because of controversies tagged in their respective offices.

However, DSWD head Taguiwalo called for support and attention from the people for a campaign to renew their appointments using her social media Facebook page.

Taguiwalo shared reasons why the three of them are in danger of not being confirmed bu the congress.

"We are calling for broad support for the three cabinet secretaries. There are issues that stand in the way of their confirmation. Gina is opposed by big mining firms. Ka Paeng's confirmation is opposed by big landlords and hacienda-owners. Judy’s confirmation is opposed by lawmakers who wish to continue the practice of informal pork barrel involving DSWD funds. According to the CA rules, if they are bypassed for a third time, they cannot be reappointed on an interim basis. The CA will have to decide whether to confirm or reject their appointments," mentioned in the facebook status.

The secretary said they need support from people because nowadays, it's very hard to see cabinet secretaries who work butt off seriously and defy personal interest in order to serve the people.

"It is not everyday that we have cabinet officials who truly work for the interests of the people and defy well-entrenched elite interests."

A broad press conference to call for support will be happening on May 10 at the Quezon City Sports Club and a mobilization and gallery trooping at the senate on May 3.

#ConfirmJudy #ConfirmKaPaeng #ConfirmGina are the hashtags to be used as a show of supporting the three cabinet secretaries.

Below is the full post of DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo:

GAMITIN PO ANG HASHTAG NA #ConfirmJudy!

Dear friends,

The Commission on Appointments has set the confirmation hearings of Judy Taguiwalo, Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano of the DENR nd Gina Lopez of the DENR on May 3 at the Senate. We are calling for broad support for the three cabinet secretaries. There are issues that stand in the way of their confirmation. Gina is opposed by big mining firms. Ka Paeng's confirmation is opposed by big landlords and hacienda-owners. Judy’s confirmation is opposed by lawmakers who wish to continue the practice of informal pork barrel involving DSWD funds. According to the CA rules, if they are bypassed for a third time, they cannot be reappointed on an interim basis. The CA will have to decide whether to confirm or reject their appointments.

There is an urgent need to show broad support for the progressives in the Duterte cabinet and thwart plans by the CA to confirm only those who wish to uphold “business as usual” politics. It is not everyday that we have cabinet officials who truly work for the interests of the people and defy well-entrenched elite interests.

Please join us on May 2, 10am for a broad press conference at the Quezon City Sports Club. Let us amplify the call to confirm Judy, Ka Paeng and Gina. Join us also in the mobilization and gallery trooping on May 3, 9am at the Senate.

#ConfirmJudy #ConfirmKaPaeng #ConfirmGina