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MANILA, Philippines – Solicitor General Jose Anselmo “Joel” Cadiz has resigned, a Palace official has confirmed.
“Yes, he has resigned,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a brief phone interview with Rappler on Sunday evening, February 5.
“We will issue a statement tomorrow morning (February 6),” he added.
In her interviews late Sunday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Cadiz wants to return to private practice.
De Lima said Cadiz submitted his resignation to President Aquino last Friday, February 3.
Cadiz was part of the Aquino administration for over 1.5 years, representing the Philippine government in court cases.
The former Integrated Bar of the Philippines president joined government in July 2010, following the footsteps of his friend and classmate, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
In an ANC interview last December 2011, President Aquino hinted that he wants to improve his legal team, which may lead to the removal or addition of people in that team, which critics have described as “lightweight.”
Palace officials have said that the move is intended to “improve efficiency” in the Executive.
In the first 19 months of his administration, President Aquino has made the following changes in his official family:
|Left government in
|Foreign Affairs secretary
|Albert del Rosario
|Bureau of Corrections director
|Jose de Jesus
|Department of Transportation and Communication secretary
|Department of Tourism secretary
|Bureau of Cusoms commissioner
|National Bureau of Investigation director
|Jose Anselmo Cadiz
|Office of the Solicitor General