Sen. Miriam Santiago blocks confirmation of Mar Roxas as DILG chief

Marvin Sy of The Philippine Star reports that "Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has formally informed the Commission on Appointments (CA) that she will veto the confirmation of newly appointed Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II at its plenary session on Wednesday, September 19."

Marvin Sy of The Philippine Star reports that "Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has formally informed the Commission on Appointments (CA) that she will veto the confirmation of newly appointed Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II at its plenary session on Wednesday, September 19."

 

The report noted: "Once Santiago invokes Section 20 of the rules of the CA, President Aquino will have no choice but to issue an ad interim appointment for Roxas when Congress goes on break between September 22 to October 7. Roxas cannot assume as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) until he secures confirmation of his nomination from the CA."

 

According to the report, Santiago explained her move in a statement: "In so doing, I wish to stand by the principle of checks and balances between the executive and the legislative branches of government. This applies to all the Cabinet members concerned."

 

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