Monday, August 22, 2016

Taguiwalo denies alleged resignation of progressives in Duterte Cabinet

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 22): Taguiwalo denies alleged resignation of progressives in Duterte Cabinet

Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo clarified Monday that she is not calling for any press conference Tuesday nor is she issuing any statement concerning any of the issues President Rodrigo Duterte raised in his last press conference.

“Any stands and positions I have on the issues being raised by the media concerning the President I will first bring up with the President himself in closed door meetings,” she stressed.

She added that she would not any time soon issue any public statement on these issues without making them first known to the (chief) executive.

“What we will say, however, is that we are one with Pres. Duterte in his administration’s intent to successfully pursue peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). We are also one with him in his efforts to eradicate corruption in government and to ensure that all government agencies are able to perform their best so they can deliver much needed services to the Filipino people,” Taguiwalo said.

The DSWD chief made the clarification after a message from an anonymous number was sent to several media reporters purporting the resignation of Taguiwalo and several leftist members of the Cabinet.

The message said that Taguiwalo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, National Anti-Poverty Commission chair Liza Maza and Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglungsod will be holding a press conference Tuesday at the Kamuning Bakery and Café to resign from the Duterte cabinet in protest against extra judicial killings and the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The owner of the Kamuning Bakery Café, where the Pandesal Forum is regularly held, also denied any knowledge of the alleged press conference.

Wilson Lee Flores said that there was no scheduled press conference for Tuesday.

“We have received calls from several media organizations that there will be a press conference tomorrow August 23 (Tuesday) morning at the Kamuning Bakery Cafe. There is no press conference scheduled here tomorrow morning, as far as we are concerned, there is no scheduled event of any kind tomorrow here,” Flores said.

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