Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago attends the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing of the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam Thursday, November 7. Santiago reminded Napoles that she cannot just invoke her right against self-incrimination (MNS photo)

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago attends the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing of the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam Thursday, November 7. Santiago reminded Napoles that she cannot just invoke her right against self-incrimination (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman hurdled confirmation at a committee of the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday.

Soliman got the endorsement of the CA’s committee on labor, employment, and social welfare despite several issues raised against her.

Her confirmation had been vetoed at least 15 times.

Her fate now lies with the plenary of the Commission on Appointments (CA).

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago had planned to oppose her appointment at the CA plenary that had been scheduled on Wednesday afternoon.

However, her confirmation for Wednesday was suspended after Santiago invoked section 20 of the rules.

Section 20 effectively blocks a nomination without any need for explanation.

In blocking her confirmation, Santiago said Soliman was a “fervent devotee of President Arroyo.”

“All of a sudden, on her way to Emmaus, she heard a voice telling her that President Arroyo is allegedly corrupt. Conveniently, she then turned her back on her erstwhile patron and ran to the other side of the street to join President Aquino’s daang matuwid,” Santiago said in her letter to the committee.

In a separate letter to Senate President Franklin Drilon, Santiago slammed, however, the “juggling of dates,” which would deprive her of her power to veto.

“This morning, my staff told me that certain Liberal Party leaders, presumably with your knowledge and consent, have decided not to present Soliman’s nomination at the plenary session this afternoon,” she told Drilon.

Soliman will instead be presented on June 11, with the committee saying that there are more confirmations lined up this afternoon.

“Under section 20, since June 11 will be the last session prior to the sine die adjournment of Congress, I will lose the power to veto…To re-schedule Soliman for the sole purpose of circumventing the rules is indubitably unethical and reeks of trapo politics,” she said.(MNS)