Leftist Cabinet Members Bypassed Again by Commission on Appointments

President Rodrigo Duterte’s fragile ties with leftist groups will be tested again after he failed to push for the confirmation of the appointment of two left-leaning cabinet members. Like former environment chief Gina Lopez, social works secretary Judy Taguiwalo and agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano have received praise from progressive groups for actively pursuing their reform agenda. The Communist Party nominated the two; this, however, may be the reason why they cannot get approval from…

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