Judge of the International Criminal Court Incumbent, Senator Miriam Santiago finally welcomed Manuel Roxas II as a new appointed DILG secretary.
“Mr. President, my high intelligence quotient dictates that I should reconsider and therefore withdraw my motion,” Santiago said Wednesday to the applause of her colleagues from both Houses of Congress and of those in the gallery.
Roxas seated on a vacant seat for DILG--replacing late Secretary Jesse Robredo, who passed away last month on a plane crashed in Masbate.
Santiago kissed Roxas' cheek, so they gave her around of applaused, she then, reconsidered the appointments of both Roxas and Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
She said, "Roxas does not deserve that kind of treatment in which, as I said, he has become collateral damage. He’s innocent but he gets whacked in the head because I’m conducting some other battle,” Santiago said.
Malacañang thanked Santiago for finally accepting Roxas by withdrawing her objection on Commission on Appointments decision.
“[As] a senator, I consider myself deeply insulted by the reaction of Malacañang in deciding collectively among the Cabinet that they would snub my committee hearing on a former DILG undersecretary,” Santiago said in raising her objection against Roxas’ appointment.
“I now want to stand by the principle that the executive branch of the government cannot effectively prevent the legislative branch of the government from holding any inquiry in aid of legislation, a constitutionally protected power, simply by agreeing among themselves that they will not show up,” she added.