Leni tops poll as next DSWD chief

Claudine Rigal
Août 18, 2017

In a poll posted at Uson's Twitter account Robredo maintained a strong lead with 82 percent of votes, followed by Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Lorraine Badoy at six percent and Nikki Prieto-Teodoro, wife of former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, at 2 percent.

Malacañang, however, said that it would be hard to have Robredo once again in the President's official family since leaving her post early in the administration's first year.

Those undecided or expressed a different pick is at 10 percent.

Abella likewise noted that there might be "conditionalities" that may not be too favorable if Duterte would choose Robredo to succeed Taguiwalo.

Asked why Robredo was not a likely choice for the Social Welfare portfolio, he said, "For the plain and simple reason that, for example she has already resigned, you know, that particular job is a Cabinet level job".

In a press conference, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said no names have been raised yet on who would replace Taguiwalo but added that an officer-in-charge would be named.

Robredo quit her Cabinet post as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council on December 4 past year.

Vice President Leni Robredo overwhelmingly topped a survey conducted by Assistant Communications Secretary Mocha Uson on social media platform Twitter on a possible replacement for Judy Taguiwalo, who the Commission on Appointments rejected as Social Welfare secretary.

Duterte's appointee, Judy Taguiwalo was rejected on August 16 for the post by the Commission on Appointments.

But Abella shrugged off the online poll, saying the President has his own way of picking the next DSWD chief.

The group said the rejection of Taguiwalo was a reaffirmation that the elite and capitalists dominate the system of government in the country.

"Whatever happens, I think it will be God's will", she said.

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