By Mario Casayuran
A political ally of President Duterte on Saturday said he is optimistic that newly named Health Secretary Francisco Duque would be confirmed by the powerful 25-member Commission on Appointments (CA).
“He (Duque) is a good choice,’’ Sen. Joseph Victor ‘’JV’’ Ejercito, chairman of the Senate health committee, said during a DWIZ radio interview, adding that Duque has an ‘’unquestionable integrity’’ and ‘’his credibility is very high.’’
“He has a good track record. I have known him quite some time I am excited to work with him,’’ Ejercito said.
Ejercito, a CA member, said Duque would be a good Cabinet member unlike others ‘’na nagwawala (who forget themselves while in power.). He did not elaborate.
“Sana hindi ma-reject (hopefully, he would not be rejected),’’ he said of Duque’s chances his appointment being confirmed by the bicameral body as both advocate the improvement of hospitals.
Duque served as health secretary during the Arroyo administration.
Ejercito admitted that the CA let go of several good materials for the Duterte Cabinet such as then Secretary-designates Gina Lopez (Environment) Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial (Health) and Judy Taguiwalo (Social Welfare and Development).
During the closed-door voting at the CA, Ejercito said he voted for the confirmation of Ubial’s appointment. adding that he is biased in favor of Ubial being a career professional who spent 29 good years at the Department of Health.
“We have rejected too many good people,’’ he added.
At the CA, there are 12 Senators and 12 Congressmen members. The Senate President automatically sits as the CA chairman.
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