Palace expects Roxas, Abaya to breeze through CA

Posted at 09/02/12 1:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang expects there won’t be rough sailing for Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas and Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya with the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA).

In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Malacanang expects Roxas and Abaya can assume immediately their new posts as Interior and Local Government secretary and Transportation and Communications secretary, respectively.

“Based on [accounts in newspapers], it seems the members of the commission don’t have any objections to [Roxas and Abaya],” she said.

Valte explained that if Congress is in session, new Presidential appointees could not assume office until they are confirmed. “That’s why the President already appealed for their immediate confirmation,” she said.

President Benigno Aquino III named Roxas, the chief of the Liberal Party, as the replacement of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo on Friday.

Taking over Roxas’ place at the DOTC is Abaya, another LP member.

Asked if the CA has already learned its lesson from the Robredo incident, Valte only said: “Ask the CA.” Up until his death, Robredo has never been confirmed by the CA.

Meanwhile, Valte added she does not see the budget hearings stalled in case Abaya finally takes over the transportation department. Abaya is the chairman of the House appropriations committee.

“I know he’s cognizant of the [budget deliberations]…It’s up to him how he will adjust,” she said.