MANILA – Different groups expressed their support for the confirmation of secretaries Judy Taguiwalo of DSWD, Rafael Mariano of DAR and Gina Lopez of DENR.
For his part, Renato Reyes of BAYAN believes the three Cabinet members must be confirmed for the sake of the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF).
Reyes said the NDF endorsed Mariano and Taguiwalo when President Rodrigo Duterte took office.
Reyes stressed that among the issues that may be included in the peace talks are the free land distribution under DAR, the needs of the poor under DSWD, and even DENR’s program that seeks to protect the environment.
“Kaya po mahalaga ang pananatili nila. Definitely mahalaga ang kanilang pananatili sa posisyon nila in relation to the on-going peace negotiations,” Reyes said.
(Being in position, their presence is indeed important in relation to the on-going peace negotiations.)
“For the past 16 years binabalewala kami ng previous administrations even ng DSWD na pinagtatrabahunan namin. Ngayon lang sa pagupo ni Sec. Judy talagang naramdaman naming yung kanyang concern,” Federation of Solo Parents in LUZVIMIN Carri Javier said.
(We were neglected for the past 16 years by previous administrations, even DSWD’s administration to where we served. It is only under Sec. Taguiwalo that we are able to feel her concern.)
“Sa Commission on Appointments, noon kayo ang humihingi ng tulong sa aming mga magsasaka at manggagawa dapat bumoto kayo kay Ka Paeng,” Florida Sibaya Ambala said.
(To the Commission on Appointments, before you were the ones asking for help from us farmers and workers [now] you vote for Ka Paeng.)
“The positive and environmental reforms being taken by this progressive official have not only benefited out people but also our environment,” Kalikasan Peoples Network for the Environment Enteng Bautista said.
Taguiwalo and Mariano will face the Commission on Appointments today, while the hearing for Lopez’ confirmation will continue.
“Si President Duterte nakita nya may tapang siya bigyan natin ng puwang sa gobyerno ang matagal na tumitindig para sa mahihirap,” Sec. Taguiwalo said. (President Duterte has the courage to give any government seat to those who stand for the poor.)
Sec. Mariano said, “Sa tuwinang ako ay mag-uupdate kay Presidente Duterte kaugnay nung mga ginagawa at gagawin pa ng DAR partikular sa Hacienda Luisita isa lang ang kanyang laging sagot – ‘I support you,’
(Every time I give updates to the President regarding the programs and proposals for DAR, particularly those concerns the Hacienda Luisita, he only has one response : ‘I support you.’) — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
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