Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo will not resign from her post, despite the fact that she is strongly opposing the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). In a statement this Sunday, November 20, she explained the reasons why she don’t have plans of resigning.
“I have not been silent on the issue of the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. In fact, I spoke at a presscon here in Baguio last Friday and expressed my dismay over it. In the evening I joined other survivors of martial law and students of the University of the Philippines as they also denounced the development.” DSWD Sec Judy Taguiwalo said.
“I am one with the Filipino people protesting the sudden and sneaky Marcos burial at LNMB. I have said it before and I will say it again, Marcos is not and can never be a hero.” She added, noting that President Duterte still appointed her as DSWD secretary despite knowing they have some our differences in some issues, including the Marcos burial.
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According to Sec. Taguiwalo, she accepted the post in the Duterte administration “because the Left finds common grounds on pursuing talks for just and lasting peace, prioritizing social services and the needs of the poor including ending labor contractualization and in forging an independent foreign policy,” emphasizing that these are very important issues.
Last Friday in Baguio where Sec. Taguiwalo led the DSWD’s National Management Development Conference, she spoke about her stand in the sudden Marcos hero’s burial which happened that day. She said that she was tortured during the Martial Law era, and that authorities took off her clothes and was forced to lie down in ice despite being pregnant.
Meanwhile, qualified senior citizens from Western Visayas are now starting to receive P1,500 each (or three-month social pension equivalent) from the DSWD. According to the agency, a P89.538-million fund was already transferred to PhilPost,for the said region. The door-to-door delivery is expected to be completed before the end of November, this year.