IT was Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who courted the father of her second child.
This was indicated in the “Profile and Investigation Report” (PIR) received by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) on the personality of Taguiwalo.
The Journal Group of Publications obtained a copy of the eight-page PIR of the CA. The report was based on the research conducted by “Appointment Review and Investigation Service” of the CA.
Taguiwalo was not grilled by the CA yesterday as there was no more time left after the confirmation hearing on the appointment of Health Secretary Paulene Jean Rossel-Ubial.
The source said it was just “normal” to gather information about the nominee.
Taguiwalo’s life seemed to be colorful since she was born in Bacolod, Negros Occidental on February 17, 1950. She finished Master of Arts in Public Administration at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Bachelors Degree and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of the Philippines.
As a “techie person, the personal information report also profiled Taguiwalo as regularly checking her Twitter and Facebook accounts.
One of the interesting pieces of information about Taguiwalo is the report that she was the one who courted her husband to give her a child.
“Characterized as a self-confessed feminist, who was reportedly the one who courted the father of her second child as part of her principle that women were not doomed to wait for their prince charming to come,” said the report.
Taguiwalo has two daughters. Her eldest daughter is a law graduate from a reputable law school in Pangasinan. She reportedly grew up with her father (a fellow activist) and an aunt in Pangasinan after subject official went into hiding during Martial Law.
Her younger daughter is now 31 years old. She is reportedly a daughter of another revolutionary and member of the National Democratic Front. She is a researcher and currently candidate for a masteral degree in Asian Studies in UP Diliman.
Her younger daughter was born inside the detention cell in Camp Crame, the report said.
Because of this information, some CA members intend to ask Taguiwalo about her personal life once she again faces the committee.
Aside from Taguiwalo, Ubial and Agrarian Reform Secretary Paeng Mariano were by-passed by the CA yesterday.
Recently, Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto made a joke on Taguiwalo being a single parent. Sotto then apologized for his “na-ano lang” remark which was accepted by the secretary.