As Peace Talks Collapse, Commission on Appointments Rejects Leftist Cabinet Member

President Rodrigo Duterte’s fragile alliance with the left continues to deteriorate. The Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected the nomination of Social Welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo, a respected academe who got the post upon recommendation of the Communist Party. Another left-leaning cabinet member, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, might suffer the same fate. Duterte had refused to meet with Taguiwalo…

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