CA confirms Castriciones’ appointment

Published May 30, 2018, 12:34 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Hannah Torregoza and MB Online

The Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmed the appointment of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Rualo Castriciones on Wednesday.

Department of Agrarian Reform John Castriciones gestures during the Commission on Appointments committee hearing at Senate Building, Pasay City, May 29,2018.(Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Agrarian Reform John Castriciones (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

Yesterday, the CA panel transmitted their decision for concurrence.

Senator Grace Poe, chair of the committee on agrarian reform said that 13 members voted to approve Castriciones’ nomination.

There were two members however who voted no to Castriciones’ nomination.

During the hearing, Castriciones had several oppostiors, most of which were farmers who divulged several issues that were against the new DA Secretary.

An oppositor, DAR-EA Union President Antonia Pascual told the CA panel that she was appealing that the panel reject Castriciones’ appointment because of his alleged “military mindset.”

The bicameral appointments body once bypassed Castriciones’ appointment. President Rodrigo Duterte appointed him to the position following the CA’s rejection of activist Rafael Mariano last September.