MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President Jesus Clint Aranas tendered his resignation to President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, July 2.
“I hereby tender my resignation as President and General Manager of the Government Insurance System (GSIS) effective of business today,” he said in his letter to Duterte.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed to Rappler that the Office of the President received Aranas’ resignation letter. On Wednesday, July 3, Medialdea said Duterte decided to accept Aranas’ resignation.
Aranas, who did not cite any particular reason for his resignation, said he was confident that he abided by all laws during his time as GSIS chief.
“I resign, secure in the knowledge that I have unwaveringly advanced the interest of GSIS and its members in discharging the functions of the said office always in obeisance to all laws and never once compromising my integrity or that of the office I now relinquish,” he said.
Prior to his resignation, the GSIS under Aranas locked horns with the International Container Terminal Services, Incorporated over the GSIS’ planned sale of a 672,645-square meter property at the Manila North Harbor, which is operated by the ICTSI.
ICTSI had questioned the plan, saying it would hamper its operations at the site.
Before Duterte appointed him into the GSIS, Aranas was Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) deputy commissioner where he locked horns with its chief, Commissioner Cesar Dulay.
Aranas was also national treasurer of Duterte’s national political party, PDP-Laban. Duterte had once graced Aranas’ birthday bash, showing close ties between the two. – Rappler.com
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