Lacson explains CA’s rejection of Yasay, says he must vacate post immediately

  • Senator explained CA’s rejection of DFA chief’s appointment
  • He said Yasay was lying, should have told the truth
  • He also said rejection affirms CA’s independence from president

MANILA, Philippines – With his stint as Foreign Affairs Secretary effectively over, Perfecto Yasay will have to vacate his post immediately, Sen. Ping Lacson said.

“He’s been rejected, he was just rejected, he will have to vacate,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “The President should appoint even in an active capacity. There is succession, there’s a senior undersecretary who can take over.”

Lacson, chair of the powerful Commission on Appointments scrutinized Yasay; explained why he and his colleagues decided to unanimously thumb down his appointment.

“He was not telling the truth because he was not being forthright in the question and answer portion of the two hearings we conducted. We decided to reject his ad interim appointment,” he said.

The senator added that Yasay’s rejection also proves the CA remains independent from President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We all know how close Atty. Yasay is to the President and it did not deter the Commission from acting independently,” he said.

During the hearing, Yasay apologized for having “inadvertently” misled the CA about his citizenship status.

“Let me quickly apologize for having inadvertently misled the Commission on this matter. It has never been my intention to deceive this commission about my citizenship status,” he said.

However, Yasay insisted he never became an American citizen because the manner in which acquired it was flawed.

“I did not lose my status as a Filipino for the reason that I did not validly acquire US citizenship, albeit that I took my oath as a US citizen, was issued a certificate of naturalization and given a US passport,” he said.