CA confirms DepEd chief’s appointment

MANILA-- The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

Briones was questioned by the commission on the state of her health, particularly her weak knees as she reportedly had to use a wheelchair during plane trips.

She agreed that she did have to use a wheelchair but told them that she is capable enough to perform her duties as Education Secretary noting that there is "no correlation" on the state of her knees on the state of her brain.

Meanwhile, she was also sought for a comment by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on the plan of Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial to distribute condoms in schools.

Briones reiterated that she will take no part of the planned condom distribution noting that there is no law or executive order that obligates her agency to distribute them.

Members of the CA agreed with Sen. Loren Legarda that there was no question in the competence of Briones.

Briones, aside from being a long-time educator, is also known for being a fiscalizer having served as national treasurer and presidential adviser of social development during the term of former Pres. Joseph Estrada.

She is also professor emeritus at the National College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of the Philippines (UP-NCPAG).

To recall, she was not the first choice of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as Education Secretary. She was selected after the Lyceum of the Philippines executive Peter Laurel declined the appointment.

Aside from Briones, also confirmed were 44 senior military officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) including Medal of Valor recipient Brigadier Gen. Noel Buan and that of Quezon City Mayor Col. Herbert Bautista -- his appointment to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army (reservist) was unanimously approved by the Commission . (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency