By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang on Friday said that it would be difficult to appoint Vice President Leni Robredo as the new Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) chief after it was vacated by former secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
This after Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) assistant secretary (Asec) Margaux “Mocha” Uson held a poll on Twitter, asking who should replace Taguiwalo as the DSWD chief.
Uson laid down the names of Robredo, DSWD Asec Loraine Badoy, former lawmaker Monica Prieto-Teodoro, and “others (name pls)” as the options Twitter users had to choose from.
Robredo took the lead in Uson’s 24-hour poll, getting 82 percent of the total 12,166 votes as of 2:25 p.m. Friday. Uson published the poll on Twitter on Thursday night.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, during the Mindanao Hour press briefing Friday morning, said that despite Robredo’s overwhelming lead in the poll, the decision would still be up to President Duterte.
“I’m sure the President has other ways of measuring a candidate’s capability aside from surveys. The President has a different set of categories,” Abella said.
The Palace official added that it would be difficult to appoint Robredo to the vacated, and still open, post after her resignation as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in
“Perhaps, there might be conditionalities that may not be too favorable regarding that. I don’t know. It all depends on the President,” Abella said.
“For the plain and simple reason that for example, she has already resigned from the — You know, she’s —That particular job is a Cabinet level job,” he added.
“I mean, I’m not saying no for [VP] Leni. I’m just saying that it seems to be a difficult choice,” he continued.
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