MALACAÑANG is just as unfazed as Justice Secretary Leila de Lima whose confir–mation in the powerful Com–mission on Appointments (CA) remains up in the air amid the plunder charges she filed against some CA members in connection with the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
Deputy Presidential spokes–person Abigail Valte made the stance after Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada vowed to block the appointments of de Lima and state auditor Heidi Mendoza—two key figures in the prose–cution team of the P10- billion PDAF mess—by citing Section 20 of the Rulebook of the CA wherein a CA member can oppose a certain appointment even for no reason.
A single opposition from anybody of the 25-strong CA panel is enough to block the confirmation of a Presidential appointee like de Lima.
“Secretary de Lima is always ready to answer questions that will be raised on her confirmation hearings. As the Secretary of Justice, she does her job in accordance with the law, believing that this will serve the interest of the public and justice,” Valte told Radyo ng Bayan.
Estrada is one of the 38 people facing plunder and other graft-related charges before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the PDAF mess that allegedly funneled state funds to bogus organ–izations of owned by business–woman Janet Napoles.
“When it comes to her work, Secretary de Lima will be always ready to face questions,” Valte added.