Duterte reappoints bypassed Cabinet secretaries

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) — President Rodrigo Duterte issued on Monday ad interim appointments to Cabinet secretaries bypassed by the Commission on Appointments (CA).

These include:

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

Lopez was highly criticized for her decision to close down 23 mining companies. Ubial, meanwhile, drew flak after she proposed to distribute condoms to schools.

Mariano and Taguiwalo had been recommended by leftist National Democratic Front of the Philippines.