Despite bypassed Cabinet officials, Zubiri says CA records prove ‘better performance’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 5) — Despite recently bypassing over a dozen ranked officials, Senate President Migz Zubiri said the Commission on Appointments (CA) “delivered better performance” than past Congresses for the same period.

“Records will show that the current Commission delivered better performance than in the 13th, 15th, and 17th Congresses for the same period, at the start of a new administration,” Zubiri said in a statement released Tuesday.

According to Zubiri, the CA has confirmed eight cabinet members, two members of the Constitutional Commission, 28 diplomats, one member of the Judicial Bar Council, and 113 military officers.

Zubiri also provided a table comparing data on total appointments received, total confirmed appointees, and total unacted on or bypassed appointments.

The table showed that of 285 total appointments received by the current CA, 152 were confirmed while 133 were bypassed.

For the 17th congress, 58 appointees were confirmed out of 83. A total of 25 appointments were not acted upon.

There were no unacted and bypassed appointees in the 15th Congress, while the 13th Congress bypassed all of its 297 received appointments.

The table cited dates from July 25 to Sept. 30 of Congresses’ corresponding years.

“We confirmed a relatively large number of appointees despite the fact that the Senate was simultaneously deliberating on the 2023 NEP (National Expenditure Program) and various bills of equal importance,” Zubiri said.

He explained that Senate hours meant for legislation were pushed back to accommodate the conduct of “marathon Commission hearings.”

“The Commission carried out its constitutional duty to confirm the President’s appointees in the most expeditious and efficient manner,” Zubiri added.

On Sept. 29, the CA bypassed 15 appointed officials, 13 of which were cabinet members. 

Zubiri earlier said there was a “lack of material time” to tackle the appointments.

The Office of the President on Tuesday reappointed 10 cabinet members from the bypassed officials.