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Palace respects CA’s authority over Duterte’s appointees

/ 03:45 PM June 02, 2022
Palace respects CA’s authority over Duterte’s appointees

FILE PHOTO: Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday acknowledged the authority of the Commission on Appointments (CA) over appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We recognize the power vested by the Constitution in the Commission on Appointments and further respect its authority to confirm appointments made by the President,” acting presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar said in a statement Thursday.


Andanar was reacting to the move made by the CA, bypassing the confirmation of five appointees of the outgoing Chief Executive.

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The officials whose confirmations were bypassed due to lack of quorum are Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair Saidamen Pangarungan and Commissioners George Garcia and Aimee Torrefranca-Neri; Commission on Audit (COA) chair Rizalina Justol; and Civil Service Commission (CSC) chair Karlo Nograles.

READ: CA bypasses Duterte-appointed Comelec chair, 2 poll commissioners

During Wednesday’s hearing, only eight lawmakers were present, lacking a quorum or the minimum required number of lawmakers before a meeting or hearing can proceed.

READ: Comelec chair believes CA would have confirmed him ‘had there been a quorum’

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The five officials will serve until June 30 or until the end of Duterte’s term.

Due to this development, President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. would be the one to select his own officials in Comelec, COA, and CSC.

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