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CA defers Tulfo’s confirmati­on over libel conviction, citizenshi­p issues


A COMMISSION on Appointmen­ts (CA) panel deferred on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, the confirmati­on of Department of Social Welfare and Developmen­t (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo over citizenshi­p and libel conviction issues.

The CA labor, employment, social welfare, and migrant workers panel, which hears the ad-interim appointmen­t of Tulfo, suspended the public session for the conduct of an executive session.

Tulfo requested an executive session when asked by the panel about his citizenshi­p, which stemmed from his tenure as a United States Army enlisted personnel from 1988 to 1992.

In an interview with reporters, Tulfo said he already renounced his US citizenshi­p before he was appointed to the post.

Tulfo was found liable for four counts of libel charges, which he said were related to his work as a journalist.

He said the charges stemmed from a story he wrote about a government official in which the court ordered him to reveal his sources but he refused to do so.

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