- Maranaos ask Del Rosario anew to resign from TFBM
- CA suspends confirmation of Del Rosario
By ALI G. MACABALANG
The Commission on Appointments (CA) suspended its hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 16 without approving the ad interim appointment of Eduardo del Rosario as Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSDU) secretary.
Members of CA’s Committee on Human Settlements and Urban Development suspended Del Rosario’s confirmation hearing to make way for questions on different topics. The committee is chaired by Senator Francisco Tolentino.
Committee vice chair San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo Zamora suggested that the panel hold a second hearing since “there are several members of the House contingent who still want to ask questions.”
“[The questions] involve pretty substantial issues not just on the tenure of the nominee as Task Force Bangon Marawi head but even in past incumbencies during the time of the Yolanda disaster, and of course we’d like to know exactly what his plans are in the department,” Zamora said in a published report.
During the hearing, lawmakers had quizzed Del Rosario on updates on the Marawi rehabilitation led by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), which he chairs.
“We don’t have enough time so can I suggest to the chairman that we suspend these deliberations in the meantime and perhaps we can go for another hearing, is that possible, Mr. Chairman?” he asked, referring to Senator Francis Tolentino.
Senator Panfilo Lacson and several members of the CA panel agreed with Zamora’s suggestion.
“I would just like to manifest my support to the suggestion of the vice chair (Zamora) that we suspend consideration of the confirmation of the appointee (Del Rosario),” Lacson said.
A notice of hearing on Del Rosario’s appointment mentioned two Maranao personalities for having manifested earlier formal request to witness the proceedings and interpose objection. They were Ms. Dayalyn Acoon Tingaraan and Bai Padoman Paporo, PhD.
Earlier, a group of Marawi’s internally displace persons (IPDs) was reported as asking members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) to hold in abeyance if not reject the confirmation of Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, pending the resolution of controversial issues surrounding the stunted Marawi rehab efforts.
In an open letter, Drieza Lininding, convenor of civil society group, Moro Concensus Group, said Del Rosario was accountable allegedly “for all the lies and deception he did for Marawi that resulted to sufferings of Marawi IDPs.”
“Just to cite one example: In the recent hearing of the Senate Special Committee for Marawi in Iligan City, he (Del Rosario) assured the members of the senate that in the conduct of the demolition (of houses and structures inside the most affected area), the footing of buildings or structures were preserved so that home owners can easily identify of where their house used to stand,” Lininding recalled.
He debunked the claim as a “complete lie because our witnesses (who) are those privileged to tour around Marawi’s ground zero said there is no such (footing).”
Reliable information sent to the Philippine Muslim Today also cited a questionable purchase by TFBM of at least two bulldozers without proper bidding and at the behest of Del Rosario.
PMT informants also mentioned about Del Rosario’s alleged arbitrary designation in the DHSUD three officials in purported circumvention of civil service rules.
Online posts by Marawi residents also raised questions on the whereabouts of huge cash aids donated by foreign and local entities for the Marawi rehab and recovery of its displaced residents.
One Facebook netizen, Dino Lucman, son of former Lanao Sur Governor Tarhata Alonto-Lucman, suggested the resignation of Del Rosario and his replacement by MinDA Secretary Manny Piñol, whom he cited for efficiency in getting “things done.” (AGM)