A few nights ago, Secretary Taguiwalo and her staff and I were working at night. I saw her earlier in the day and had a full day myself.
Lumads, Blaans, Manobos, T’Bolis who were trafficked to work at the Hacienda Luisita were pouring in and they were tired and hungry and in deep pain for having endured the inhumanities of the Cojuangco employees. Manay Judy looked visibly tired. Her hair was all over the place and she looked, quite frankly, disheveled.
She could have gone home and not thought about the farmers and no one would have faulted her for it. And yet she turns to her beautiful Executive Assistant, Lisa (aka Beks) and tells her to please “Paluto natin yung chicken na anjan. Five kilos yon. We need to feed them and then have them brought to DAR so they can stay the night there and sleep comfortably before they leave for Mindanao tomorrow.” She looked real sad too when she said this.
This is the heart and soul of Judy Taguiwalo.
Her whole life has been a testament to service to the least among us. And she is squeaky clean. Quite simply, Judy Taguiwalo is not for sale.
And she will right things that have been in the wrong for a very long time now. Which is why I am up to my eyeballs in audit sheets of foreign donations given before this president sat in office.
And I am tired. But I just have to say this.
Judy Taguiwalo is this administration’s shining gem.
She is the President’s alter ego in so many many ways. She starts and ends her sentences often with, “Those are the President’s directives—dapat may bigas/libreng gamot/mabilis/unahin ang shelters/etc” Ang babaeng Digong.
She has set right a Department that was known for its cynicism and its dismal failure in protecting, nurturing, empowering the poor. And she will not stop until everything will be as it should be.
She will fight for the Filipino people—as she has all her life.
I have seen her work up close and personal and if there are so many of us who work over and beyond what is expected of us, it is because Judy Taguiwalo is such an inspiration. Like the president she serves under, we see her heart and it is solidly, steadfastly, without question, for the poor.
Judy Taguiwalo goes to the remotest parts of the country and brings them the good news of a President who, finally, FINALLY, really and truly cares for them. She takes them into her arms and smiles kindly at them. And when they sing for her, she sways her head and with a happy smile, sings along with them. Everyone is important to her. No one is reduced to just a nameless, faceless number.
And because her whole life has been about empowering them, Judy Taguiwalo endeavors to give them the tools they will need to get out of the terrible trap of poverty they are in—and with such intelligent, effective solutions.
Those who do not want to see her to sit as DSWD Secretary –and who do everything to undermine her by maligning her and spreading all sorts of rumors about her are those who do not want to see this president succeed.
They care NOTHING for the poor that she cares for with all her heart, mind and soul.
And because she is honorable and beyond reproach, those who do not want her confirmed are scoundrels for whom stealing will be a walk in the park without Judy Taguiwalo there to keep an eagle eye over the DSWD’s coffers.
With her at the helm of the DSWD-and with Rodrigo Duterte as President, the Filipino people are in good, able hands. And we can now move forward.
CONFIRM JUDY TAGUIWALO.