First Daughter Sara Duterte gets CA’s nod as Army reserve force colonel

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) - The Commission on Appointments confirmed Wednesday the appointment of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as a colonel in the Philippine Army’s reserve force.

Also confirmed in the same rank was Davao City 3rd district Rep. Isidro Ungab, a known political ally of Duterte in the Hugpong ng Pagbabago party.

Both Duterte and Ungab were asked about the controversial decision of House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to oust the latter as the chairperson of the House Committee on Appropriations.

“I actually have no idea why I was ousted, but I just read it on the papers,” said Ungab when asked by Senator Panfilo Lacson why he was ousted from his post.

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Meanwhile, Duterte said that she has “nothing to do with his removal.”

She recently hit the removal of Ungab and described it as “grossly unacceptable.”

Duterte's HNP party previously endorsed Ungab for the speakership post in the 18th Congress.

Senator Imee Marcos asked the presidential daughter why her father is “afraid” of her. But the younger Duterte denied this as "something just in his mind."

"I have always supported his, whatever it is decisions he [have] in his personal [life], career decisions, and his politics. Initially I did not support his intention to run as president. But belatedly I did,” she said.

The CA also confirmed 20 other military officers, including Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo as the new Philippine Navy chief.

CNN Philippines' correspondent Joyce Illas and Multi-Platform News Writer Vince Ferreras contributed to this report.