Aug 17, 2017

Former Press Secretary shares a true story of former DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo

Former Press Secretary shares a true story of former DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo
Former DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, photo from Rappler

The Committee on Appointments rejected the appointment of Judy Taguiwalo as Department of Social Welfare and Development. However, the committee never stated the justification on the rejection of appointment of Taguiwalo.

Former press secretary and veteran columnist Rigoberto Tiglao shared the Story of Former Sec. Taguiwalo.  He recalled the time when they were imprisoned in Fort Bonifacio during the 1970s.



Mr. Tiglao said that during that time, Judy Taguiwalo and Lorena Baros, two women drenched in mud, who were both imprisoned, managed to escape their cell and knocked on Mr. Tiglao’s cell to ask if Mr. Tiglao would want to flee.

Mr. Tiglao said that he can’t recall what his response was. He also said that he resigned from the Communist Party the moment he knew that it was Jose Ma. Sison who headed the bombing of Plaza Miranda in 1971.

He also said that he would not be able to survive the escape plan of Taguiwalo before. He also hoped for Taguiwalo to read his post and he still wonders whether the co-political prisoners of Taguiwalo were still alive.

“I hope Judy reads this to tell me if she alone is still living among the six political prisoners who made that bold escape to freedom that dark and stormy night. Such is life. Judy Taguiwalo,” he said.



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How many days would this outrage vs Judy's non-confirmation last? Not after this week, at the latest. Such is our society.

A story on Judy: It was a dark and stormy night in 1973 while I was reading a book i forget now what in the quonset hut library of Ipil Detention Center in Fort Bonifacio, where I maneuvered to have my quarters, together with the famous script writer Ricky Lee, then very sickly -- a knock on the door. And who would be at my door? Judy Taguiwalo and Lorena Barros, my co-prisoners, their faces covered in mud, as they and six other detainees had crawled on the canal that encircled the prison csmp in their well-planned route to escape. "Bobi, sama ka na!" Judy and Lorie asked me. I didn't and I dont remember what I told them, although I'm quite sure I had resigned from the Communist Party at that time after finding incontrovertible proof that Jose Ma. Sison ordered the bombing of the Plaza Miranda LP miting de avance in 1971. I don't think I'll be alive writing this post if I had joined Judy and Lorie. I hope Judy reads this to tell me if she alone is still living among the six political prisoners who made that bold escape to freedom that dark and stormy night. Such is life. Judy Taguiwalo
Source: Bobi Tiglao 


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