Commission on Appointments 'bypasses' 15 Marcos appointees

Philippine Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte, along with cabinet members, pose for a photo during an economic briefing following President Ferdinand Marcos Jr's first State of the Nation Address, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 26, 2022. Fifteen of Marcos's appointees failed to get the Commission on Appointments' (CA) confirmation before Congress break. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David
Philippine Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte, along with cabinet members, pose for a photo during an economic briefing following President Ferdinand Marcos Jr's first State of the Nation Address, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 26, 2022. Fifteen of Marcos's appointees failed to get the Commission on Appointments' (CA) confirmation before Congress break. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Fifteen appointees of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. were bypassed on by the Senate’s Commission on Appointments (CA) due to “lack of material time."

Among the 15, 10 of them were department secretaries:

  • Department of Energy Secretary (DOE) Secretary Raphael Lotilla

  • Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Benjamin Diokno

  • Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Rizalino Acuzar

  • Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan Uy

  • Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan Ople

  • Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) Secretary Manuel Bonoan

  • Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Renato Solidum Jr.

  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo

  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual

  • Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista

Meanwhile, other officials include:

  • Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez

  • Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles

  • National Economics and Development Authority (NEDA) Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan

  • Commission on Audit (COA) Chairman Jose Calida

  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner Nelson Celis

However, Vic Rodriguez has already resigned from the executive secretary post, succeeded by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin who attended his first cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

"If we pursued Sec. Tulfo and Bonoan, we would have finished at 7 p.m. and would have started the Senate session at 7:30 pa,” he said on Wednesday (September 27). “Hindi pwede yan (We cannot allow that)... We cannot also sacrifice our work in the Senate,” said Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, who also serves as CA chairperson.

He added, “All the Secretaries... who have not been confirmed will have to seek a reappointment by the President as they would all be considered bypassed.”

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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