CA bypasses De Lima, 4 other Cabinet members for nth time


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima leads five Cabinet members who were bypassed by the Senate Commission on Appointments Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The other four are Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo and Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Holding its last session before sine die adjournment Wednesday, the bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA) bypassed for the nth time the appointments of five Cabinet members: Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo and Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman.

At the same time, the CA, a powerful body tasked to confirm high-ranking presidential appointments, confirmed the nominations of three ambassadors, including the country’s expert on the contested West Philippine Sea.

With the CA adjourning until July 23, President Benigno Aquino III is expected to issue ad interim appointments to his five alter egos to allow them to continue discharging their official duties during the two-month congressional break.

Cebu Representative Eduardo R. Gullas, vice chairman of the CA foreign relations committee, cited lack of time for the failure of the CA to take action on the nominations of the five Cabinet secretaries.

He said that five-month impeachment trial of Corona had narrowed the time available for lawmakers to attend CA committee hearings, which were meant to determine the competence of Cabinet members.

All five secretaries had been bypassed in past CA plenary sessions.

Henry S. Bensurto Jr., who holds the title of Chief of Mission, Class II, breezed through the CA hearings without any objection from members of the bicameral body.  He is the secretary general of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Commission of Maritime and Ocean Affairs.

A rising star in the DFA, Bensurto was one of the experts invited by Senate foreign relations committee chairperson Loren Legarda at a recent hearing called following the April 8 Scarborough Shoal standoff between Philippine and Chinese vessels.

Bensurto had insisted on the country’s right under the Convention on the Law of the Sea to seek international arbitration over the Scarborough Shoal dispute with China.

The other two envoys who hurdled the CA were Nestor N. Padalhin, Chief of Mission, Class I, as ambassador to Syria; and Jocelyn S. Batoon-Garcia, Chief of Mission, Class I, as ambassador to Thailand and permanent representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Padalhin finally got the nod of CA members after he corrected his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) to reflect a condominium unit in Seattle, Washington.  His failure to declare this asset drew the ire of senators on May 30, as they had just ousted then chief justice Renato Corona for failing to disclose his $2.4 million account and his P80-million deposits.

Senator Francis Escudero blocked the nomination of Padalhin owing to an undeclared condominium unit in his latest SALN.

Escudero, acting chairman of the foreign relations committee of the CA, had asked Padalhin about the condo unit in the United States. The latter then explained that he was still paying for a monthly mortgage of $1,500 that would be completed in 10 years.

The envoy to Syria was then given until next this week to correct his SALN.

“We [in the CA] are very tolerant with the explanation that he just received wrong legal advice that what he should have reported was not reported because he was instructed that it was not necessary to report them,” said Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, a CA member, when asked why they allowed Padalhin to be confirmed by the bicameral body.

Referring to Corona’s removal from the high court because of his failure to declare both his $2.4 million deposits and P80.7-million accounts, Santiago said:  “Here you can see the attitude of, at least, the committee on foreign affairs is leniency. We are very lenient with the omission in the SALN. This is different from the omission of the defendant in the impeachment trial where the majority of the senators were very strict.

“So it depends on what was omitted. In this case, the omission concerned a house and lot that was not reported because it was located abroad. The advice he received is that since it was abroad, he did not need to include it in his SALN. You can see here that there is a shift of mood among the CA members,” Santiago added.

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  • $20926843

    No problem, reappoint them again as was the practice of the previous much vilified administration……so “walang pagbabago”…..”tuwid na daan”……I doubt it!

  • Cathy Besa

    at the same thime talaga///LOL

  • Jon

    Payong kaibigan:
    Apply ka na lang na beautician sa parlor.
    Magaling ka naman sa hearsay at haka-haka.
    Di kailiangan na ma-confirm sa trabahong iyon.

    • scorpio15

      Tanggapin mo na rin sa iyong parlor.

  • dani77777

    Buti na lang President PNoy has the ad interim appointment prerogatve.

    Viva De Lima!!!!

    • spearheads


      Not “ad interim” instead Add Entertain. Delima should undergo liposuction kasi nagiging kamukha na siya ni Drilon. It seems a stigma, I suppose.

    • D_BystandeR

      I wonder why of all the people, De Lima has all the necessary credentials to pass the CA test. Anyway, no problem. We can still avail of her precious services with the President issuing another appointment to take care of the CA’s inaction.

  • Dominic Alexander Dayrit

    Pa epal na naman itong BRENDA na ito.. Bakit kasi hinahayaan yan mamalagi sa senado. Madami pang bakanteng selda sa National Mental Health facility sa Mandaluyong ano..

    • Mister_Expose

       Doon ka nakatira ano. Hahaha

      • D_BystandeR

        “Birds of the same feather,” ‘Ika nga, kaya gusto mong ipagtanggol si Brenda?

  • mekeni62

    sige lang.ipilit pa ng ipilit hanggang mamilipit.ha ha ha.

  • Night


    • D_BystandeR

      Kung wala ka nang naisipang mabuting bagay para sa kapakanan ng bayan ay mabuti pa sa ‘yo matulog ka muna baka paggising mo may maganda ka nang i-contribute dito.

  • opinyonlangpo

    With Miriam in CA, the country is doomed.

    • thunderbolt01

       Doomed sa mga oportunistang abnoidz. Hindi kayo makakalusot.

    • D_BystandeR

      Tama! Tumpak! Nakaiinis na ang mga balita tungkol sa kanya na puro katarantadohan ang sinabi niya. Sa halip na doon siya pumanig sa mga bagay na karapatdapat sa kanyang “talino” ay iba ang kanyang ginawa. For the glare of money or for what?

  • wawa2172

    I guess the DOJ Secretary De Lima performance at the impeachment court made it difficult for the CA to appoint her as justice secretary. Doubts of his capability to remain in the position raises eyebrows since she failed miserably as prosecution witness. All that she can show was to say all hearsay that she gathered from her sources. She is all air in the media but what he says lacks substance.  Together with Dinky they are the non performing personalities during the admin of the little lady. Now they are with Noy as lapdogs straying around performing only for media coverage.

    • Marx Louis Wang

       hindi ba big sa iyo yung hindi pinatakas ni De Lima si Fake Ex President Pandak?

      • Cool

        ok lang po sana yon if she did it in pursuit of justice, kaya lang, she did it in violation pa rin ng human right…..  and she based her judgement on hearsay… something that is quite disturbing… and the worse thing… wala pang delicadeza….. if she really is in pursuit of justice, what is her action to the likes of Llamas et al…. bakit dito, di siya nag-comment…..  why she did not used his razor like justice system ……… can somebody please answer me…. =(

      • dapitan_QC

        “she did it in violation pa rin ng human right…”    

        Teka ano ang nai-violate ni De Lima when in truth, according to the doctors, eh nagsisinungaling lang si GMA na may sakit siya.

        just check your logic at baka nawawala ka na sa realidad.  bossing.


      E bakit si Dating Secretary Raul Gonzales of DOJ na in your face ang pag ka garapal… naka lusot?

  • Mister_Expose

    De Lima s deserved to get the postiion of host with Boy Abunda’s “The Buzz”.  Mukhang mahilig ito sa chismiz at show biz. Lol

  • njtp8

    i don’t know how the ca deliberte but this secretaries seems to be doing their job properly based on news you read on the papers. Unless they have issues with them then why not reject the appointment outright. Why bypass? Could it be that de limma has political plans? But what about the others? Jimenez, Paje and Soliman seems to be on the ball although Robredo has been very quiet ever since the hostage situation a few years ago. And there hasn’t been tangible results in the local government area.
    There has been a call for transparency on the jbc deliberation for chief justice, why don’t we have transparency on the confirmation deliberation.
    There’s no sense on just bypassing. Either yes or no.

  • njtp8

    Oooh, i get it! Sorry for not reading the whole text. I didn’t realize that Brend(amage) Santiago is in the CA. Sana tamaan na siya ng kidlat at kunin na ni Lord for the sake of this country. Bago pa siya maging embarassment to ICJ. And please don not give her another life.

    • thunderbolt01

       Hindi magtatagumpay ang evil minded looter na kagaya mo. Ha Ha Ha ahas!

  • Francis81

    Kung may natitira pa sa inyong delicadeza mag resign na kayo. Sabagay katulad ng amo nilang si Pweenoy Abnoy mga walang hiya ang mga ito!

    • romulo

      Parang mas walanghiya ka kasi wala ka naman contribution sa society ganyan ka pa mag comment! Useless kang tao!

  • spearheads

    Malas naman yong apat na cabinet secretaries. Napasabay pa kasi kay Delima, hayun nadamay tuloy. Sige lang Delima, pakapalan na lang tayo sa “add entertain” appointment, total sanay ka naman dyan.

  • RickyCarandang

    What’s up with the pig and her scarf?

    • Regd

      I’m guessing, it’s supposedly an extension of her hair? 

      • gardy_versozi

         HIS hair.

  • Cool

    yes yes yo…. mabuhay po kayo…. please dont allow de-lima to be in any official capacity in goverment….masyado po kasing tainted ang kanyang loyalty in favor of the Palace….  it seems to us, she would do everything to please her boss…. no matter what…


    The best actress (de Lima) was bypassed….again?
    Hard to believe…

    • spearheads

      Mabuti pa si Lee na nabypass, may delicadeza kahit papaano. Hayun at umayaw na. Pero si Delima? Namputcha, milagro kung magresign yan. Hindi nga malaman kung anong gusto niya sa buhay. Noon ang gusto magsenador pero nang maramdamang sa kangkungan pupulutin hayun, naniniguro na ang hitad at ang sabi ay, “appoint me as Chief Justice, mr. president.” Ewan ko lang itong si Robredo at Paje kung makapal din ang apog.

  • doodzie

    tama yan wag na iappoint yan .. ni wala nagawa si delima sa nangrape na panamanian . 

  • gardy_versozi

    if they keep doing this to de lima, he’s gonna need a heart bypass operation.

    • Regd

      Then sex-change sya uli, balik babae.

      • gardy_versozi

        hindi na pwede. once you are a transexual, there’s no coming back.
        he’s doomed.

    • Herculian

      Magpakabet na lang siya ng buntot! Mukha kasi siyang babooooon! Hahahaha

  • billy gunner

    bote nga sinyo!


    HA ha ha….confirmed si PADALHIN na guilty din tulad ni Corona sa pagtago ng condo sa SALN.
    There might be some other reasons for doing so, but without question the issue is synonymous. ONE of the items raised against corona is the non-inclusion of all his assets in his SALN.  In other words he withheld one or more.  Quantity matters not in such case.  NOW, WHY WOULD NOT THE SAME YARDSTICK APPLIED to PADALHIN? Akala ko ba kung ano yong bakawan kay Pedro ay siya ding bakawan kay Jose?  Mga DULING ba ang miembro ng CA….doble tingin?

  • rupert

    haaaaaaay naku!!! s mga naggagaling-galingan ang isyu po kay corona ay failure to honestly , truthfully and completely disclose his assets liabilities and networth as required by law. consistent po kasi si corona sa sa pagconceal ng kanyang net worth yearly tingnan nyo po ung kanyang SALN thru d years un po ang isyu mga sir at maam, hindi po ung amendment ng kanyang flawed statement of SALN! kailangan pa po ba na imemorize yan your honor!

  • Nic Legaspi

    De Lima’s credibility has already been eroded when she dropped the principles she held as CHR chair just to please her boss when she became justice secretary.

    • palompon

      What principle of de Lima?  Preventing the corrupt Arroyo from leaving Philippines using a fake illness?

      I think with that incident, majority hailed de Lima, she is not just an advocate for Human rights protection but also a justice czar…(unlike Gonzales)

      • Herculian

        Hahahah! Justice? What justice are you talking all about in regards to De Lima? Don’t make all mammals around you laugh!

      • Regd

        I’m guessing you’re a different kind of animal? Wolf maybe? Oh, you mean mammals. My bad.

      • Herculian

        How can this animal gets the CA nod. she is not human but a baboon!  Ows! Yellowtards get affected. Hahahaha. Well, whatever you want to label me, i am not into public service.  Maybe you are, so you are also a baboon!  Hahahahah!

      • William Tyre

        you’re dreaming. wake up.

    • lostRunes

       The worst GMA appointee ever. Head siya ng Commission on Communist concerns di ba?  Aay human rights pala. Pag NPA pumatay ng civilian ok lang.. Pag militar nag abduct ng NPA, violation of human rights?? BAkit? Kasi pinsan niya mga communista. What about your principles Ms. De Lima?? Di ba sabi mo sisiguraduhin mong mahuhuli at makukulong tong si Lacson?

  • RickyCarandang

    Ang baboy at ang abnoy.

    Bagay na bagay.

    • Rey

      cheap wordings, siguro walang pinag aralan ang tao ito. You can tell pag tao ay disente kahit walangn pinag aralan base sa mga words ginagamit

      • Regd

        May pinag-aralan, may nagtuturo dyan. Sino? E siyempre mga magulang niya! Doon nangaling ang mga asal nyan.

      • Spartan Ismagul

        Tama ka.

    • Regd

      Bagay na bagay pandurog sa corruption. Tama yan.

    • paranoid_penguin

      Dyan ka yata nanggaling pre…lol

  • paranoid_penguin

    Madam Miriam alam nyo po ba yung term na “intentional”? lol

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Wala talaga simula’t sapol mga appointees eh tuta ng mga pulitko para magamit sa pagnanakaw ng bayan. Kaya halos sila lahat may nga hidden wealth sa abroad. Mga anak asawa kamgaanak kaibigan etc. ang namamahala ng kanilang nakaw na yaman sa abroad.

  • Russell Ariola

    Owwss! Anong lack of time.. hahahahaaa…

    Parang personal na motibo eto nina senadores Joke Arroyo at Brainda, Tongressmen Datumanong, Gatchalian at si “Mr. Audi Q7″ Romualdo na pawang mga deligado ng CA.

    Nakakatuwang isipin pag si Delima nakapasa sa CA, tiyak masusundan nya yung moneytrail mula key little girl at tigok lahat ng mga naiiwang mga corrupt na Arroyo troll sa pamahalaan.


      The wife owns the Audi Suv for all you know, bought it with her own money.

      • Russell Ariola

        Ganun naman eh. Binayaran ni daddy pero nakapangalan key mommy.
        Malay mo pati si inday naka-mecedes pag namamalengke.. di ba? Hahahaaaaa!

  • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

    Obviously, five is not a good number, and so too the other four. Please don’t push your luck, these ‘trying hards’ are not wanted in government. Roll out the dice please! Lima is not “firm” enough for a softie guy like Mr. Pnoy. LOL

  • chuggy

    Go back to work and confirm (or reject) these appointments, you lazy imbeciles! No adjournment for you until your work is complete!!! The Filipino people will not accept “lack of time” as an excuse.

    • spearheads

      Sumakay ka naman sa sinabing “lack of time?” Kung lack of time bakit pa may mga naapproved at may problema pa nga yong isa, pinagbigyan lang? The message is clear and unambiguous. They do not like to approve the appointment of Delima kaya damay yong apat para hindi obvious sa tao. It’s up the the appointees kung pakapalan na lang at hihirit ulit.

      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        Guilty by association?

      • chuggy

        Maybe you misunderstand the meaning of “ambiguity.” If they cited a “lack of time” but in fact have other reasons for not approving the nominees, then the message is ambiguous and NOT clear.

        Second of all, I didn’t say I believed their excuse of “lack of time.” I merely insisted that the committee ought to be forthright with the public via a confirmation or rejection. “Let your yes be yes, and your no be no.”

      • AntiAko

        hindi na kasi yan magiging problema if those who have been by-passed n times in the past would get the signal that they are not wanted or welcome.

        pilit pa kasi nang pilit, alam na naman ng mga kapalmuks na yan na ayaw talaga sa kanila ng CA!!!

        how much more forthright would you want the CA to be?

      • chuggy

        By rejecting the appointees instead of giving bogus excuses! A definitive yes or no is the epitome of forthright.

  • JosephNess

    sige kayo, pag di nyo yan naconfirm, baka isa sa mga iyan ang maging CJ, kayo rin…LOL.

  • spearheads

    Ano na ngayon ang tawag nitong limang cabinet secretaries na pinangungunahan ni Delima? Colorum hindi ba? Add entertainment appointees nga. 

  • Martin

    CA has become irrelevant.  Because no matter how many times an appointee gets bypassed, he or she can always be re-appointed by the President.

  • Justin

    She’s in dilemma…with her ultimate purpose, with her feeble minded boss in the palace and with her way of interpreting the law. Mind you, it wil difinitely come to a point where she will leave his boss if her personal interests won’t be addressed…that’s for sure for people of her calibre…..cunning…..

  • tabalu

    pakapalan lang mukha yan!

  • Jasmin

    see.. this woman is not qualified even to become DOJ Secretary.. but th epalace wants to appoint her to the High Court!!  On top of all these, she is facing disbarment charges before the IBP for disobeying and disrespecting the SC!!

    • boymanok

       confident yang si delima kasi malapit ng ma-control ni pnoy and supreme court …next thing you know yung CA na mismo ang ma-co control ni pnoy

  • sigena

    si baboy de lima hindi na naman nakapasa tapos ambisyon pa maging chief justice. kapal!

  • spearheads

    Read this folks. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa, a JBC member confirms the automatic disqualification of an applicant who has pending criminal or regular administrative charge to any vacancy in the SC, Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsman under Rule 4, Section 5 of the JBC rules. Paepek pa itong si Delima saling-pusa naman pala. Takbo ka na lang ng barangay captain kaya?

    • William Tyre

      since may disbarment case sya, DQ sya… hahahah

  • m1600


  • bongbong39

    Bwhahahahaha..di na nahiya si De Lima,,She does not read the line GET OUT LOSER!! what a bloodily wack!

  • Abnoy tupak

    CA bypasses De Lima, 4 other Cabinet members for nth time  << waste of time.. haha

    • Russell Ariola

      Gawa din yan ni GMA noon. At pareho rin na binabara ng CA.

      Fair game lang.

  • Guest

    how can you interpret the law when you do not know that transfer opinion will not stand in any court of law.hence you did it for pwe.noy…obvious ka naman oo.

  • super judge

    the love of CESAR MANCAO?

  • sigena

    de limang beses kana hindi na confirm. kapal mo

  • William Tyre

    walang hiya talaga, kung may sense of delicadeza yang mga yan, d na yan mag insist sa pwesto at resign na agad.

  • Bert

    If what all these cabinet members, like De Leila and Dinky Doo did was to kiss Pnoy’s ar*se, then the CA has all the reasons to bypass these self-righteous holier-than-thou hypocrites…..but no problem, you can always go back to congress, no matter how thick your faces have become….

  • cion

    George, it’s unfortunate that the yellow followers  cannot differentiate clearly the wrong from right ,this coming election is 100% payback time, those who thinks their power is forever, they are wrong, Ang buhay ay parang gulong, justice for all, who can tell the difference of right from wrong will be vindicated.

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