MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang Palace said on Friday they are not shutting down any possibility of Vice President Leni Robredo being appointed as Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to replace Judy Taguiwalo, but admitted it would be a ‘difficult choice’ should it come to that.
This after Robredo became the top choice in a poll conducted by PCOO Assistant Secretary and blogger Mocha Uson to succeed Taguiwalo whose appointment was finally rejected by the lawmakers this week.
“Perhaps, there might be conditionalities that may not be too favorable regarding that. I don’t know. It all depends on the President,” said Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.
“I mean, I’m not saying no for Leni. I’m just saying that it seems to be a difficult choice,” the official added.
Abella said so far there’s no replacement yet for Taguiwalo and no names have been put forward.
Aside from Robredo, who resigned from the Cabinet as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in December 2016, other contenders who topped Uson’s poll are Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Lorraine Badoy, and former Tarlac Representative Monica Teodoro-Prieto.
Asked for comment on the survey, Abella said: “I’m sure the President has other ways of measuring a candidate’s capability aside from surveys. It means that the President has a different set of categories.”