• CA confirms chief of COA, commissioner of poll body

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    THE Commission on Appointments (CA) during its plenary session on Wednesday confirmed the appointments of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s nominees to the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the promotion of 50 military officials.

    COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo and Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon formally received the CA’s nod a day after their appointments were endorsed by the CA’s Committee on Constitutional Commissions and Offices headed by Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd.

    Prior to his appointment as head of the state auditing body, Aguinaldo had served as deputy executive secretary for legal affairs in Malacañang.

    He replaced Grace Pulido Tan, who retired last February after her four-year stint at COA.

    Guanzon’s confirmation came a month after she was appointed by Aquino as one of the commissioners of the poll body, taking the place of Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle, who retired from the service early this year.

    Her confirmation did not go smoothly during a CA committee hearing on Tuesday, with Ilocos Sur Rep. Rodolfo Farinas questioning some entries in her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

    The CA panel temporarily deferred its deliberation on Guanzon’s appointment to give her time to rectify errors in her SALN that same day.

    Aside from Aguinaldo and Guanzon, the Commission on Appointments also confirmed the promotion of 50 generals, flag officers and senior officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

    Among those confirmed was Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, the commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division based in Maguindanao that took part in an operation to rescue trapped members of Special Action Force (SAF) police commandos during execution of Oplan Exodus on January 25.

    The botched operation left 44 SAF troops dead.

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