MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Vice President Jejomar Binay submitted his irrevocable resignation from the Aquino Cabinet on Monday afternoon, June 22.
The resignation is effective immediately.
The Vice President had served as housing czar and presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers (OFW) since his term started.
However, he had also felt “awkward” and the “odd man out” in a Cabinet dominated by the ruling Liberal Party, according to Binay’s spokespersons in the opposition United Nationalist Alliance. (READ: Why Binay resigned from the Cabinet)
There had long been calls from the President’s party mates for Binay to resign, taking issue on the Vice President’s criticisms of some administration policies. The calls for his resignation intensified after his former close ally in Makati politics exposed his alleged corruption, while critics filed plunder complaints against him in 2014.
According to the statement issued Monday by the Joey Salgado, head of media affairs of the Office of the Vice President (OVP), Binay’s resignation letter – addressed to President Benigno Aquino III – was handcarried by the Vice President’s congresswoman daughter.
Makati Representative Abigail Binay was accompanied by Undersecretary Benjamin Martinez Jr, the Vice President’s chief of staff, when she brought her father’s resignation letter.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr received the letter around 3:55 pm Monday, Salgado’s statement said. – Rappler.com