(published in SunStar Davao June 1, 2016)
INCOMING Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary Judy Taguiwalo visited the lumad evacuees at UCCP Haran on Wednesday morning.
Taguiwalo conveyed to the lumads that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte had told them during their meeting last on Tuesday.
Taguiwalo said that it is the mandate of Duterte to his Cabinet members to be simple, a pronouncement he had already made early on.
According to Taguiwalo, Duterte told them that he will not interfere with their office affairs once they start to assume their post.
“Walang bigayan. Walang influence-peddling [sa Duterte administration]. Ang sabi niya [dapat] patas,” Taguiwalo said.
Taguiwalo said once she assumes office, she will check the issues besetting the lumad bakwits.