Duterte renews appointment of Gina Lopez, 3 other Cabinet members

Pia Ranada
Duterte renews appointment of Gina Lopez, 3 other Cabinet members
The President renews the ad interim appointment of secretaries Lopez for the environment, Taguiwalo for social welfare, Mariano for agrarian reform, and Ubial for health

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte once again renewed the appointments of 4 Cabinet secretaries after they were bypassed by Congress

Duterte issued ad interim appointments of the following officials, according to the Office of Executive Secretary in a message sent on Monday, April 17:

  • Environment Secretary Gina Lopez
  • Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano
  • Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo
  • Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial

Lopez faces the fiercest opposition to her appointment after large mining firms came together to protest her closure of some mines. 

No less than a fellow Cabinet member, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, has expressed criticism for her policies and decision-making process.

Despite Congress not greenlighting their appointments, Duterte has repeatedly expressed confidence and trust in all 4 of them, particularly in Lopez and Taguiwalo.

Malacañang in mid-March already announced that the President was expected to reappoint the 4 officials. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.