CA defers decision on Roy Cimatu's appointment as Environment Secretary

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 27) — The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday deferred the decision on whether or not to confirm Roy Cimatu as Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources.


The former Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief's fate as Environment Secretary remains uncertain as the powerful commission put his appointment on hold.

Senator Manny Pacquiao, chairperson of the CA's Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said some lawmakers want to ask Cimatu more questions.

"May mga questions pa from the Lower House na mahalaga, mga katanungan pa na gustong masagot," he said.

[Translation: There are still important questions in the Lower House, questions that we want answered.]

The commission will resume deliberations on October 4.

Wednesday's hearing was the second time Cimatu had faced the commission. During the hearing, Senators asked for clarifications about the Payatas open dumpsite in Quezon City, which is due for closure at the end of the year.

They also asked him about his plans to resolve the garbage problem and the air quality of the country, among other concerns.

Last week, Cimatu's lone oppositor, Manuel Galvez, objected to his appointment. Galvez raised concerns about what he said was "defective" air quality monitoring.

Cimatu was appointed by the President last May after the CA rejected then-Secretary Gina Lopez.

READ: Ex-AFP chief Cimatu appointed as acting Environment Secretary

While militant groups deemed his appointment an attempt to "militarize" the President's cabinet, Cimatu was welcomed by the mining community, as opposed to Lopez who drew their ire for ordering the suspension and closure of certain mining firms.

READ: Palace defends Cimatu's appointment from critics