CA okays Sara Duterte’s promotion as Army colonel

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    THE promotion of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Davao Rep. Isidro Ungab as colonels in the Army’s reserve force yesterday sailed through the Commission on Appointments (CA) which confirmed their ad interim appointments.

    Both administration and opposition lawmakers endorsed the promotions of Duterte-Carpio and Ungab who both entered the reserve force in 2008.

    Before Ungab was confirmed, Sen. Panfilo Lacson inquired why he was ousted as chairman of the committee on appropriations, to which the congressman replied: “I actually have no idea why I was actually ousted but I just read it on the papers and I think that was the reason why.”

    Ungab was stripped of his chairmanship after Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano accused him and other House members of allegedly plotting to oust him.

    When it was the turn of Duterte-Carpio, Lacson raised the same question and the presidential daughter replied: “Sir, I have nothing to do with it, the removal (of Ungab), sir.”

    It can be recalled that President Duterte, the Davao City mayor’s father, had said that it was Sara who plotted to oust Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as speaker in 2018 after the latter reportedly said that he can impeach the President.

    Aside from Duterte-Carpio and Ungab, the CA also approved the appointments of Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo and 19 other military officers.

    They were Edgar Crisanto Violan to the rank of colonel, Philippine Army (reserve); Marcelino Randy Tibayan to the rank of major general, William Ilagan to the rank of major general, Arthur Cordura to the rank of major general, Edwin Princillo to the rank of captain, Philippine Navy; Narciso Angelo to the rank of captain, Philippine Navy (reserve); Leo Frincillo to the rank of colonel, Philippine Navy-Marines (reserve); Glenn Cruz to the rank of major general; and Sean Anthony Villa to the rank of rear admiral.

    Greg Almerol to the rank of major general, Rommel Hinlo to the rank of brigadier general, Alfonspin Tumanda Jr. to the rank of commodore, Karl Decapia to the rank of commodore, Ariel Caculitan to the rank of major general, Anthony Cacayuran to the rank of brigadier general, Rommel Tello to the rank of brigadier general, Gabriel Viray III to the rank of brigadier general, Jonas Lumawag to the rank of brigadier general, and Saturnino Diaron to the rank of colonel, Judge Advocate General Service.

    The bicameral appointments body also gave its nod to the appointments of Millicent Cruz-Paredes as ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; and Rodolfo Dia Robles as ambassador to Canada.

    Cruz-Paredes, a lawyer by profession, started her career as a managing partner of a private law firm before she joined the Philippine foreign services in 1995. She was former consul at the Philippine Consulate in New York from 2002 to 2008 prior to her appointment as chief coordinator at the Office of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

    She was also named acting assistant secretary of the DFA’s Office of Fiscal Management from 2010 to 2012, and was assistant secretary of the Internal Audit Service from July to December 2018.

    Robles, a topnotcher in the 1967 Bar exams, was the author of the “Miranda Doctrine, the constitutional rights of an accused under custodial investigation.” He also earned the moniker as the father of Filipino Ombudsman or Tandobayan for authoring the law which created the Office of the Ombudsman.

    The appointments of 10 other foreign services officers were also approved, including

    Theodore Bauzon, Bandy Cypres-Bauzon, Nicole de Castro, Milhail de Dios, Maria Rosanna Josue, Raisa Mabayo, Siegfred Masangkay, Shirley Nuevo, Ajeet Panamenglor, and Ralf Roldan.