Robredo thanks Mocha Uson after winning DSWD secretary poll

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  • Vice President Leni Robredo tops a Twitter poll regarding the next DSWD secretary 
  • The poll was hosted by Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson 
  • Robredo thanked Uson for including her in the Twitter survey 

Vice President Leni Robredo thanked her supporters and even her critic Mocha Uson after she won the poll on who should be the next secretary of the Department of Social and Welfare and Development (DSWD).

After the Commission on Appointments rejected the appointment of then DSWD secretary Judy Taguiwalo on August 16, the Malacañang communications office assistant secretary hosted a poll on her Twitter page.

The poll included Robredo’s name, together with incumbent DSWD Assistant Secretary Lorraine Badoy and former Tarlac Representative Nikki Prieto-Teodoro. The Vice President got the overwhelming majority of the poll results.

“Nagpapasalamat na din tayo kay Asec. Mocha Uson, na pagpapakita siguro na may tiwala na puwede tayong humawak ng ganiyang kabigat na puwesto,” Robredo said in her Sunday radio show on August 20.

[We are thankful to Asec. Mocha Uson for showing that she trusts us that we can handle such a big responsibility.]

“Mas malaki sigurong pagpapasalamat sa mga nagpahayag na ako iyong preference nila, kasi pagpapakita na tinitiwalaan tayo sa ganitong larangan,” she added.

[But I have bigger thanks for those who expressed their preference because it shows that we are trusted when it comes to this area.]

Despite resigning from the Cabinet as housing secretary last year, Robredo’s office has its own anti-poverty program called Angat Buhay. The program launched in October last year aims to bridge the gap between communities and partners in the private sector who want to help out.

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to appoint the new secretary of the department. But just this weekend, Malacañang announced that DSWD Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco would be the officer-in-charge until a new secretary is appointed.