Vice President Jejomar Bi¬nay’s appointees should also resign now that he’s no longer in the Cabinet, a Malacañang official said on Saturday.
“My understanding is it is the norm, that should in any time—and I’m not referring only to the Vice President—any time that a Cabinet secretary resigns from a portfolio or a position, it is conventional for his team, the team that he brought in, to also tender their courtesy resignations to the President,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said on state-run dzRB radio.
Valte was referring to the officials in agencies under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
Binay served as HUDCC chair and presidential adviser for overseas Filipino workers affairs for five years.
But Valte said it is up to these officials to “reflect” on the matter.
She explained that the courtesy resignation of Binay’s appointees will give his successor a free hand in running the agencies concerned.
“[The courtesy resignations] give whoever will be next (head) a free hand in running that particular office or that particular portfolio,” Valte said.
“In this particular case, we would leave it to the people concerned to reflect if this norm will be followed by them,” she added.
In a televised speech delivered at the Coconut Palace on Wednesday, Binay slammed the Aquino administration for being a failure and insensitive.
He said the President’s allies are desperate to bring him down because they know his anointed candidates do not stand a chance in a clean and fair elections.