THE 24-member Commission on Appointments on Wednesday confirmed the ad interim appointments of former Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin as Executive Secretary of the Office of the President and former Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno as Secretary of the Department of Finance.
Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, presiding chairman of the Commission on Appointments affirmed Bersamin has the full support of lawmakers comprising the bicameral body empowered to confirm presidential appointments. At the same time, Zubiri assured full support for Diokno, recalling how he had the quickest appointment in recent CA history, with the CA approving his appointment after a 5-minute deliberation as DBM Secretary in 2016.
“His [Diokno] leadership is unquestionable in steering the ship of state in these very troubled financial times,” Zubiri said. “The DOF for me is in great hands under the stewardship of this fine patriot and gentleman. Thank you for your continued service to our country,” Zubiri said.
Sen. Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada conveyed his support for the appointment of Diokno.
Estrada said he knows the nominee personally, he having served under the administration of his father, former President Joseph Estrada. “I think he is one of the best Cabinet secretaries under the administration of my father,” he said.
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