Bypassed Cabinet members to be reappointed

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MANILA, Philippines—Yet again President Aquino will have to reappoint members of his Cabinet who failed to get the nod of the Commission on Appointments (CA).

They are Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Commission on Audit Commissioner Heidi Mendoza and Election Commissioner Grace Padaca.

The four Cabinet members and two appointees to constitutional commissions did not pass muster at the CA on its last session day on Wednesday before Congress adjourns for the election season.

The commission is the bicameral body that approves appointments made by the President.

“In all likelihood they will be reappointed,” said Malacañang spokesman Ricky Carandang.

Interim appointments

Reappointment is necessary so the six can continue to discharge their official duties. Since Congress is in recess, Aquino will have to issue interim appointments.

The CA, however, confirmed the appointment of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan.

De Lima and Soliman have been bypassed by the commission since 2010, while Paje has been bypassed since his appointment became permanent in May 2011.

Petilla is a relatively recent addition to the Aquino Cabinet having replaced Secretary Rene Almendras who was named Cabinet secretary in October last year.

Meanwhile, the appointment of National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Orlan Calayag last month also appeared to be in jeopardy after it was belatedly learned that he had dual citizenship.

Calayag was recommended to the post by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. Calayag had served as Alcala’s chief of staff when the latter was a member of the House of Representatives.

Abide by the law

Sought for comment, Carandang said he was “not personally aware that there’s been any confirmation of that.”

“I haven’t discussed that with the President. But we would probably just abide by what the law says,” he said when asked if Calayag, who reportedly also holds an American passport, could validly occupy a sensitive post in the Aquino administration.

Calayag is an entrepreneur, banker, community organizer and nongovernment organization volunteer.

Prior to his appointment, he had served as a loan and mortgage consultant for several US companies.

At his oath-taking before Alcala on Jan. 21, Calayag assured Alcala that during his stewardship of the NFA, “he would ensure that the country’s food security is protected and the prices of rice and corn will be stable, while looking after the welfare of the farmers,” said a statement posted on the online Official Gazette.

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  • farmerpo

    Pag namatay,confirm kaagad, posthumously… 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    who are the committee members of Commission on appointments?

  • kapayapaan_1900

    What’s preventing these porcupine members of the CA in confirming the appointment of Heidi Mendoza?  Shame on you guys!  Her appointment by PNoy was hailed by all sector except the corrupt ones.  Don’t tell us you are on the other side.

  • Hey_Dudes

    There’s too much politics at play in the situation of these cabinet members.  These officials have been on their jobs since Pnoy first appointed them but due to political hassling could not get the CA confirmation. Just what exactly are the sins of these individuals that CA members finds so revolting that it cannot make them confirm their positions so that everyone can move on?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    SILENCE PLEASE!!!  POLITICS AT WORK!?!?

  • sigena

    halatang mga pulpul yung members ng cabinet dahil palaging bypassed ang appointments.

  • disqusted0fu

    A line up of KKKs to be reappointed by Pnoy! That’s their only chance of getting reappointed because their performances or lack thereof are weak. Does Pnoy even hold cabinet meetings? His cabinet members seem lost and don’t know what to do. And that is the straight path… a path to nowhere.

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