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Quintos-Deles v. COA

Constitutional Law. Political Law.
Quintos-Deles v. COA
177 SCRA 259

FACTS:
On April 6, 1988, petitioner and three others were appointed Sectoral Representatives by the President pursuant to Article VII, Section 16, paragraph 2 and Article XVIII, Section 7 of the Constitution. In the May 12, 1988 meeting of the Committee on Appointments ruled against the position of petitioner Deles. Petitioner Teresita Quintos-Deles contends that her appointment as Sectoral Representative for Women by the President does not require confirmation by the Commission on Appointments to qualify her to take her seat in the House of Representatives.

ISSUE:
Whether or not the Constitution requires the appointment of sectoral representatives to the House of Representatives to be confirmed by the Commission on Appointments

HELD:
The first group of people that may be appointed by the president, as previously stated in the Sarmiento v. Mison case, are “the heads of the executive departments, ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, or officers of the armed forces from the rank of colonel or naval captain, and other officers whose appointments are vested in him in this Constitution.” Since the seats reserved for sectoral representatives in paragraph 2, Section 5, Art. VI may be filled by appointment by the President by express provision of Section 7, Art. XVIII of the Constitution, it is indubitable that sectoral representatives to the House of Representatives are among the “other officers whose appointments are vested in the President in this Constitution,” referred to in the first sentence of Section 16, Article VII (or the first group of people who may be appointed) whose appointments are subject to confirmation by the Commission on Appointments.

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