Sotto ‘doubtful’ on fate of Mariano, Taguiwalo, Ubial before CA

MANILA-- Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said that "it's hard to say" whether Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, and Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial will get confirmed by the Commission on Appointments (CA) after having been bypassed twice.

"Depende. Di ko masabi mahirap magsalita. Hindi ko alam ang kalooban nung mga congressmen at saka nung ibang kasama ko sa Senate (It depends. It's hard to say. I can't read the minds of the congressmen and my colleagues in the Senate), Sotto told reporters in an interview.

The three cabinet secretaries were bypassed by the CA for the second time in a joint session on July 22, the same day, the Senate and the House of Representatives convened for a joint session to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao.

However, President Duterte reappointed the three secretaries last July 23. Sotto, however, said that Malacanang has yet to submit the necessary documents to the CA.

Sotto said that if the CA is unable to decide on the three cabinet members' appointment when the session adjourns on October 13, it would mean that they would be bypassed for the third time.

He said that when session resumes during the October 12 to December 15 period, the CA would have to take a vote on whether to approve or reject their appointments.

Pagdating ng Oct. 13 hindi pa sila napapasa, strike 3 na silang tatlo. (Sa ngayon) strike 2 na silang tatlo, so pagka hindi sila na approve by Oct. 13 ang ibig sabihin nun, yung session ng Oct. 12 to Dec. 15, within that, pagbobotohan sila, he added.

Source: Philippine News Agency