MANILA, Philippines- Hindi dumalo si Dr. Ted Herbosa nitong Huwebes sa deliberasyon ng Senate finance committee sa proposed 2024 budget ng Department of Health (DOH), ilang araw matapos ipagpaliban ng Commission on Appointments (CA) ang kanyang ad interim appointment bilang kalihim.
Kinuwestiyon ni Senator Francis Tolentino ang hindi pagsipot ni Herbosa dahil tanging DOH undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, at mga pinuno ng attached agencies ang dumalo sa budget briefing.
“Administratively, who is in charge? Who will take the cudgels in defending the budget of this big department? We don’t have a secretary here,” tanong ni Tolentino.
“Who is going to present? Is there an acting secretary? Is there an officer-in-charge who will be responsible for all these budget presentations, madam Chair? Otherwise we’re talking to a clustered group of individuals,” dagdag niya.
Nakasaad ang pangalan ni Herbosa sa guestlist para sa budget briefing, batay sa kopya mula sa Senado.
Sa kasalukuyan ay wala pang tugon ang DOH at si Herbosa kung bakit siya hindi dumalo sa budget deliberations.
Kabilang sa sumipot na DOH officials ay sina Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, Undersecretary Lilibeth David, at Undersecretary Gloria Balboa.
“Actually all of the senior members of the team approached me a while ago and they acknowledged that of course, it is a bit of an awkward situation,” pahayag naman ni Committee senior vice-chair Senator Pia Cayetano.
“But as you all know, Usec Dr. Vergeire was the OIC for many years and was very actively exercising her leadership not just in the past year, but even during the time of President Duterte. Usec. Dr. David is the most senior undersecretary. So I’m quite confident in the presentation today that they can answer,” patuloy niya.
Sinuspinde ng CA committee on health nitong Martes ang kumpirmasyon ng appointment ni Herbosa dahil sa “lack of material time.” RNT/SA