THE Commission on Appointments (CA) approved the ad interim appointments of Lucas Bersamin as the Palace’s executive secretary and Benjamin Diokno as Finance department chief.
However, the CA suspended the deliberation of the ad interim appointment of Gamaliel Cordova as chairman of the Commission on Audit as Sen. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros wanted to scrutinize his competence more.
Bersamin, Diokno, and Cordova faced the CA on Wednesday. Except for Cordova, Bersamin and Diokno faced the CA plenary later for the final approval of their respective designation.
Sen. Mary Grace Poe stood up to vote for approval of Bersamin’s appointment. She said that the Executive Secretary is not only “bright but also has a sense of humor” which, she said, he would need in his job.
“You really need a sense of humor because there are lots of challenges that will come your way and sometimes you just have to be able to weather them and to put things in proper perspective,” the senator said.
“So he will definitely be an asset to our President, and definitely to our country and our countrymen,” Poe said.
Sen. Maria Josefa Imelda “Imee” Marcos sponsored Diokno’s confirmation. “The global economic devastation in the wake of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. Today demands the most committed and tested of men which certainly our secretary is.”
“With his qualifications and experience and character we are certain he will be more up to the task,” Marcos said.
Diokno supports calls to stop the operation of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) in the country since they “scare away” foreign investors amid security concerns.
“If we continue to have POGO here, whereas it’s already declared illegal in other countries like China they don’t like POGO there, then that will reflect in our country,” he said.
“Those who would like to invest here will not come here because of that reputation that they are not secure,” Diokno said.