Yasay’s confirmation in peril for ‘lying under oath’

  • Lawmakers has slammed DFA chief Perfecto Yasay for lying under oath
  • Yasay’s confirmation is likely to be rejected by the CA
  • The DFA secretary earlier denied owning a US passport, but eventually admitted it in a recent TV interview

MANILA, Philippines – For allegedly lying under oath, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto Yasay may now have a very slim chance of hurdling the powerful Commission on Appointment (CA).

Several lawmakers believed Yasay should not be confirmed as DFA chief after lying about owning an American passport.

During an early confirmation hearing at the Senate, Yasay vehemently denied ever holding a US passport. But in a recent interview with Headstart host Karen Davila, the DFA chief admitted he actually owned one years before but has since returned it.

“I had an American passport but that has already been returned together with my naturalization certificate,” he told Davila.

Senator Vicente Sotto III believes the CA will most likely reject Yasay for lying under oath, adding that if the latter can lie to the commission, he can always lie to the people.

“Likely we will reject his appointment. It will be difficult to convince the majority to turn a deaf ear,” he said in a text message to GMA News.

House Majority Floor Leader and Isabela 1st District Representative Rodolfo Albano III is also keen on rejecting Yasay’s appointment because the committee members said ‘they can’t trust him’.

“A lot of our members are thinking of rejecting him because of lying. The House contingent is sure to vote for his rejection,” said Albano.

The same sentiment is shared by Senators Panfilo Lacson and Francis Pangilinan, as well as Representatives Edgar Erice and Edcel Lagman. The latter believes the CA should not only bypass Yasay’s appointment but completely reject it.

Once rejected, a presidential appointee can no longer be appointed to the position as per CA rules.