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Ubial claims demolition job led to CA rejection

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Outgoing Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also clarifies her husband and son only joined her international trips when she was just assistant secretary, not DOH chief

'DEMOLITION JOB.' Outgoing DOH secretary Paulyn Ubial speaks up on the CA's rejection of her appointment. Screenshot by Rappler

What happens to Ubial after CA rejection?

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Unlike other rejected Cabinet officials, health secretary Paulyn Ubial is a career official who has served two decades in government

REJECTED. Outgoing health secretary Paulyn Ubial during her confirmation hearing on October 10. Screenshot by Rappler

Ubial rejected as health chief, and this is what the Internet has to say

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:27 PM

What do you think of the Commission on Appointments' vote?

Ubial on CA rejection: 'We win some, we lose some'

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Outgoing Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says she is waiting for Malacañang's orders as to her next steps, but eyes becoming a rural doctor once again

THANKFUL. Former DOH secretary Paulyn Ubial smiles during her CA confirmation hearing on October 10. Screenshot by Rappler

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Oct 10, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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Mariano urges Duterte not to appoint ex-military officer to DAR

Oct 10, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano is concerned that a former military man would likely reverse 'important' orders he issued at the DAR

ONE MONTH AFTER. Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano speaks during a media forum held by farmer leaders to commemorate Peasant Month. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Ubial rejection averted ‘major public health disaster’ – Roque

Oct 10, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque, one of ex-DOH chief Paulyn Ubial's oppositors, says the department deserves a 'decisive leader'

REJECTED. Ex-DOH chief Paulyn Ubial is rejected by the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

CA rejects Paulyn Ubial as health secretary

Oct 10, 2017 - 1:34 PM

(UPDATED) In her last confirmation hearing, Paulyn Ubial is grilled over how PhilHealth was managed under her chairmanship as health secretary

REJECTED. Paulyn Ubial is the 5th Cabinet appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte to be rejected by the CA. Screenshot by Rappler

LIVE: Confirmation hearing of DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial

Oct 10, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 5, 2017

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:19 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

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Oct 04, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Cimatu wants ‘national body’ to address problems in Boracay

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the best option for Boracay at this time is to take it away from the control of the local government

BORACAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu proposes a 'national body' to help address the problems of Boracay

CA confirms Roy Cimatu as environment secretary

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:19 PM

(UPDATED) The CA approves Cimatu's appointment just 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte chose him to replace Gina Lopez, who was rejected by the powerful body in May

CONFIRMED. The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, October 4, confirms the ad interim appointment of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

Ubial dares Roque to file cases against her

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

'He should produce the evidence and not just blurt out innuendos in the media,' says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, as Kabayan Representative Harry Roque opposes her appointment

THE DARE. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial poses a challenge against her critic Kabayan Representative Harry Roque. File photos by Rappler

Sotto grills Ubial over foreign trips, WHO-funded travels

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial maintains that her international trips are all aboveboard

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial faces the Commission on Appointments panel deliberating on her confirmation on October 3, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

During the two-hour confirmation hearing, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu addresses issues on clean air, mining, and the 2018 budget

'LOVER OF ENVIRONMENT.' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot from Rappler

Senate panel junks ethics case vs Sotto over 'na-ano' remark

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:47 AM

The Senate ethics committee says it has no jurisdiction over Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III s remark during a Commission on Appointments hearing

DISMISSED. The Senate ethics committee junks the complaint filed against committee chair and Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Alex Nuevaespana/PRIB

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

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Sep 07, 2017 - 9:11 PM

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Sep 06, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Farmers' groups condemn CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Mariano s rejection is another proof of President Rodrigo Duterte s fealty to landlords and oligarchs says the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas a group formerly chaired by Mariano

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mariano after CA rejection: Interest of landlords, oligarchs prevailed

Sep 06, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano says he himself will announce who among the members of the Commission on Appointment voted for his confirmation

'TULOY ANG LABAN.' Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano raises a fist after his confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, September 6. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang regrets CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED The Palace says Mariano was pivotal to fulfilling President Rodrigo Duterte s promises to uphold farmers rights

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the members of his cabinet who were nominated by the Communist Party of the Philippines including Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza at Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Also in the meeting were Labor Secretary and Chief Negotiator with the National Democratic Front Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

CA rejects Rafael Mariano as agrarian reform secretary

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:37 PM

A nominee of the Left Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is the 4th member of the Duterte Cabinet to be rejected by the powerful Commission on Appointments

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After 2 hearings, Mariano not worried about fate at CA

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Wala po talaga akong nararamdamang kaba o pag aalala says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano after facing the Commission on Appointments for the second time

AGRARIAN REFORM. In this file photo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the first hearing of the Commission on Appointments on his ad interim appointment. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Gina Lopez asks Duterte not to lift ban on open-pit mining

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Sir open pit mining will really disadvantage the Filipino our farmers and fishermen forever for life says the former environment secretary

EX-ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez at a Cabinet Meeting on December 5, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/ Presidential Photo

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Aug 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

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Amid ties with Left, Mariano says he was never part of communist groups

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Mula noon hanggang ngayon ay nasa legal democratic organization po ako says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano who was nominated to the Cabinet by the National Democratic Front

LEFT TIES. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says he was never a part of the CPP-NPA-NDF. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CA defers confirmation of DAR chief Rafael Mariano

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

There are 10 oppositors to Mariano s confirmation as agrarian reform secretary

DEFERRED. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the Commission on Appointments hearing on his ad interim appointment at the Senate on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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Aug 29, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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Not a single 4Ps peso passed through me – Taguiwalo

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:39 AM

‘Had the President s allies questioned me regarding this issue during the CA hearings – or even during the congressional deliberations on the 2018 budget – I would have given them answers that are easily verifiable ’ says former DSWD secretary Judy Taguiwalo

REJECTION. Judy Taguiwalo after the Commission on Appointment's rejection. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

Taguiwalo rejected over 'reports' of DSWD funds going to NPA – Duterte

Aug 28, 2017 - 7:27 PM

The President says his former social welfare secretary is suspected of giving 4Ps funds and resources to NPA rebels

The President then proceeded to meet with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo at the same room. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Babe Romualdez confirmed as Philippine envoy to U.S.

Aug 23, 2017 - 11:53 AM

This comes less than a month after Malacañang announced that President Duterte had nominated Babe Romualdez as Philippine ambassador to the US

INCOMING AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Duterte has picked Babe Romualdez as the incoming Philippine ambassador to the US. File photo courtesy of Stratbase ADRI

Duterte offered DSWD post to senator 'long before' Taguiwalo CA rejection

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:04 PM

The President hinted at a lady senator that he is considering her to replace Judy Taguiwalo as social welfare secretary

The President then proceeded to meet with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo at the same room. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on CA rejection of Taguiwalo: 'Sayang'

Aug 22, 2017 - 7:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is considering a female senator and some people from the private sector as possible replacements for Judy Taguiwalo at the DSWD

Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, August 12-19, 2017

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Must watch videos from this week

KIAN IS MY SON. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Usec Emmanuel Leyco is DSWD OIC – Malacañang

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte designates Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco as DSWD officer in charge following the CA s rejection of Judy Taguiwalo as the agency s chief

ACTING CHIEF. Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco is DSWD officer-in-charge. Photo from DSWD's Twitter account

NPA links or pork barrel? Why the CA rejected Taguiwalo

Aug 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Weeks before the confirmation hearing the House contingent of the Commission on Appointments requested a security briefing on the Left including the New People s Army

Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

DSWD employees 'confirm' Taguiwalo after CA rejection

Aug 19, 2017 - 7:40 AM

They deprived us of a principled humble caring compassionate public servant like Manay Judy says a long time DSWD employee

FAREWELL. DSWD employees visit outgoing secretary Judy Taguiwalo in her office. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

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Aug 18, 2017 - 7:29 PM

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Taguiwalo to CA: Why no explanation for rejection?

Aug 18, 2017 - 2:38 PM

‘Given that I served for one year I would have expected candor and frankness from the members who voted against my appointment ’ says the rejected Cabinet official

APPOINTMENT. Former DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo during her confirmation hearing on August 16. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

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Aug 18, 2017 - 12:45 PM

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Duterte refused one-on-one with Taguiwalo on eve of CA rejection

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:33 AM

I wanted to tell him about corruption existing in my office I have submitted the report But I wanted to relay it to him personally Taguiwalo says

After Taguiwalo rejection, Robredo wants more transparency in CA

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also mentions her late husband Jesse who died in 2012 before the CA could confirm him as DILG chief

CHECKS AND BALANCE. Vice President Leni Robredo calls for more transparency in the CA. File photo from Office of the Vice President

IN PHOTOS: Judy Taguiwalo during crisis situations

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Here s a glimpse of the former secretary in crisis situations during her stint at the Department of Social Welfare and Development

TOUCHING BASE. Secretary Judy Taguiwalo talks to evacuees sheltered in a tent. Photo from DSWD

Sotto voted to confirm Taguiwalo after 'na-ano' controversy

Aug 17, 2017 - 10:22 AM

She was fit for the job says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III

SENATE VS DEATH PENALTY? Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the death penalty would not be approved in the Senate by June or before the first regular session of the 17th Congress adjourns. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Leftist lawmakers slam CA for 'bias vs poor'

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:42 PM

UPDATED Lawmakers in the House Makabayan bloc call out the Commission on Appointments for rejecting the DSWD appointment of Judy Taguiwalo a nominee of the Left in the Duterte Cabinet

SECRETARY NO MORE. Judy Taguiwalo, President Rodrigo Duterte's first DSWD secretary. File Malacañang photo

Netizens: CA rejected Taguiwalo because she didn't let them use pork barrel

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Netizens are both angry and disappointed over the Commission on Appointments rejection of Judy Taguiwalo as social welfare secretary

PUBLIC SERVANT. Netizens react to the rejection of Judy Taguiwalo as DSWD chief.  PUBLIC SERVANT. Netizens react to the rejection of Judy Taguiwalo as DSWD chief.

Taguiwalo: CA rejection due to my fight vs pork barrel, tax reform

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:20 PM

‘I have served the people well I gave my all and I’m proud to say that my integrity is intact ’ says the social welfare secretary

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Aug 16, 2017 - 3:30 PM

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