I will stay – Abad

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Now that President Benigno Aquino 3rd has turned down his offer to resign, Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad vowed on Saturday to prove worthy of the President’s trust and confidence.

“Although I was wholly prepared to relinquish my post, I am grateful for the President’s expression of his continuing trust and confidence in my leadership of the Department. I have thus chosen to defer to his better judgment and stay,” Abad said in a statement.

“I am determined, as I have always been, to do justice to the President’s faith in my integrity and competence,” he said.

Abad confirmed that he submitted his resignation letter on Thursday. On Friday, the President announced during a Cabinet meeting that he had rejected Abad’s resignation.


“This was not without thought or reflection. In the wake of the controversy surrounding the Disbursement Acceleration Program, especially after the adverse Supreme Court ruling that declared parts of the program unconstitutional, it became clear to me that I must abide by the highest standards of accountability that we in the Aquino administration hold ourselves to,” he said.

Abad said he was taking full responsibility for his role in developing and implementing the DAP as well as the impact of the resulting controversy on the administration’s governance agenda.

“It was therefore only fitting that I resign,” Abad said.

The Budget chief vowed that officials of his department will perform their tasks with “greater vigilance and meticulousness.”

“I assure the people that we will proceed with a keener awareness of the standards against which our work will be measured, but also with a deeper appreciation of the great opportunities for reform ahead of us,” Abad said.

On Saturday Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President’s rejection of Abad’s resignation is “final.”

“The President has made his decision. We would just be kicking the can around if we still discuss why it [Abad’s resignation] was revocable or why it wasn’t irrevocable. The fact remains that the rejection of the resignation of Secretary Abad shows the confidence of the President in him stays and the confidence of the President in the reforms that have been initiated under their collective watches,” Valte said in a radio interview.

Calls for Abad’s resignation mounted after Supreme Court declared the DAP unconstitutional.

Valte said Abad is willing to defend DAP before the Senate.

“Even without being called to by Senator Escudero, the DBM is readying the documents on the 116 DAP-funded projects. We will be disclosing that at the appropriate time. We are ready to explain,” she said.

Sen. Francis Escudero earlier announced that the Senate Finance Committee will invite Abad when the panel starts its inquiry into DAP.

Valte said the President’s decision on Abad’s resignation should end calls for the Budget chief to quit.

“We should not add reasons as to why the President made his decision because the President stated clear reasons. It was short but it was clear. Let us not try to add up something so we would have something to talk about,” she added.

“Amid recent disagreements over the constitutionality of DAP and other issues, we ask the public to discern good faith and positive results, and to remain collectively committed to the straight path,” she added.

Open letter
Militant priest Robert Reyes, who is a college friend and classmate of Abad, has written an open letter urging the Budget chief to submit his irrevocable resignation to the President.

“I read about your resignation Butch and I also read that PNoy refused to accept it. Do yourself and your people a big favor. Resign irrevocably,” said Reyes.

“Let go,” he said.

The priest noted that many people can no longer understand how the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel and the DAP fit Aquino’s “Tuwid na Daan” or straight path mantra.

“If cleansing is to be done then it must be total and thorough. If PDAF goes, then DAP should go as well,” he said.

Reyes urged Abad to disclose the truth. “If you are innocent, if you are clean, there is nothing to fear. Go to jail if you must and let the truth and nothing less set you free,” he said.

He reminded Abad that “prayer is good, but not enough in changing our country.”

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  1. “I am grateful for the President’s expression of his continuing trust and confidence in my leadership of the Department. I have thus chosen to defer to his better judgment and stay”
    #ShamelessAbad why do you need to stay in your position have some delicadeza, although #ShamelessPnoy wanted you to stay the people have spoken we do not trust you anymore. As what Mr. Abraham Lincoln says “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” not for #ShamelessPnoy.

  2. eltee mulawin on

    >>> this is like never ending story scripted scene. Abad submitted a resignation letter but not stating or specifically “irrevocably, unnegotiable and final, and then automatically rejected by Nguyngoy Conjuangco-Aquino 3rd. This scripted scene supposedly is superdrama but it TURNS OUT TO BE THE MOST AMONG HORRIBLE ACTION BY A CULPRIT AND MASTERMIND.

    >>>THIS IS REALLY “PAKAPALAN NG MUKHA”- THE MEANING OF INTEGRITY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND LIABILITY. WHAT A LOSING SUCKS PEOPLE.

  3. Butch Abad knows everything, in fact he is the best consultant of Pres. Pinoy. If Pres. Noynoy allow him to go then who can make the explanations for him to make the cover. It has been proven many times that our President has weak mental ability so it is now the time to formulate all defenses to shield the president and to prove that they are in good faith. Now we are in a very sorry state that time has been wasted. The rising of prices and unemployment causes some trouble to the citizenry due to burglaries, & all kind of criminalities. Filipinos ! What do you think? We will just say weather-weather lang!

  4. rosendo bagtas on

    anyare? nawala yung pinost ko kanina? about 1.5 hours ago. pati ba naman sa manila times ay nagcensure na rin. ayaw niyo bang magpahayag ang taumbayan ng kani-kanilang saloobin sa harap ng mga nakababahalang kaganapan sa bansa. ibig bang sabihin, kasama na kayo sa karwahe ni PNoy?

    REPLY FROM EDITOR– WALA PO KAMING BIBURANG POST NINYO. NAPAKALUPIT NAMAN NINYONG MAGHUSGA! hINDI PO TAMA NA PARATANGAN NINYO KAMI SA MANILA TIMES NA NAGING TAUHAN NA NILA pnoy!

  5. Ex- Sec abad, wag muna kaming dramahan. Kung gusto mo lang mag resign talaga at tutoo, you should have wrote it irrevocable and effective immediately. Nagdrama pa kayo ni Penoy. May tinatago talaga kayo sa holdDAP na yan. You used it to corrupt the senators and the congressmen. You used it to influenced and corrupt other agencies too. You used to to financed favored political allies in the last local elections of 2013. Political gimmick lang ang tuwid na daan na sinasabi nyo. Nagmamalinis at nagpapakitang tao lang kayo at may sariling masamang agenda rin kayo. Bakit mahirap parin ang tao? Bakit may mga illegal jueteng pa hanggang ngayon? Bakit may mga corruption pa sa ibat ibang sanggay ng gobierno? Kung may currupt; may mahirap. Tama!

  6. rosendo bagtas on

    talaga naman! napakakapal! drama lang ang diumano’y resignation ni abad. this is part of a long drawn script and sugar-coated propaganda upang tuluyang utuin at lasonin ang utak at damdamin ng taumbayan. tama na ang pagkukunwari sa pagitan ng ‘daang matuwid’. KILOS NA BAYAN PILIPINO!

  7. rosendo bagtas on

    talaga naman! napakakapal! drama lang ang diumano’y resignation ni abad. this is part of a long drawn script and sugar-coated propaganda uang tuluyang utuin at lasonin ang utak at damdamin ng taumbayan. tama na ang pagkukunwari sa pagitan ng ‘daang matuwid’. KILOS NA BAYAN PILIPINO!

  8. “The President has made his decision. We would just be kicking the can around if we still discuss why it [Abad’s resignation] was revocable or why it wasn’t irrevocable. The fact remains that the rejection of the resignation of Secretary Abad shows the confidence of the President in him stays and the confidence of the President in the reforms that have been initiated under their collective watches,” Valte said in a radio interview.

    Meanwhile, the gargantuan campaign promise of 2009-2010, – passing of a comprehensive Freedom of Information Law has been kicked around like a shit can in the dirty streets of MMla – with a sanitized-watered down version looming in the dark clouds climate of TRANSPARENCY-STARVED process – something the public deserves.

    This “I resign – you reject my resignation” zarzuela script is a brazen “in your face” contempt of the collective ruling of the SC gurus, a co-equal of the Executive. But apparently, the executive’s arrogance in ramming through the Public’s throat their brainchild concoction of this Beastly DAP as beneficial to the Public’s interest SANS the specifics of where it was specifically allocated to – EXACT AND SPECIFIC Projects of expenditures it financed to the very last cents. Including the specific Bribes to these Senators and Congressmen, “acting” and masquerading as a Collective Band of Jury – but a Band of Thieves Themselves of public’s taxpayers money, – to kick out a sitting Chief Justice.

    HOLY F o I, where are thou???

  9. Friendship ay mas importante kay noynoy, kaysa integridad at kabutihan para sa bansa,sa kanya siya ay tama,ang ginagawa at paniniwala,niya ay wala siya ng nagawa mali!arogante at wala hiya ang ugali ng pangulo,!dapat talagang alisin na ito!!

  10. Rolando Acosta on

    I did not vote for this president. As I used to tell the people close to me, “Do not just look at the person-candidate but scrutize more closely the persons around him.” So there you are. We have a band of characters masquerading as technically and morally competent. What a charade.

    On Mr. Abad, somebody should really look into that waste of public funds (110 Million) amid scarcity. I am referring to an irrigation project that never was in Itbayat, Batanes. What remain there are rusted or rusting steel bars and hardened cement. This was in 1997. Did he feel guilty? No, none of it.

  11. Manny F. Reyes on

    An irrevocable resignation is too early at this stage of the game. Let’s hear first what the Senate says at the conclusion of its inquiry into DAP. If Abad’s conscience is clear, what’s there to be concerned about? The Senate (Board of Directors) is also at fault for not monitoring the Executive (CEO) when they very well know that the pork had existed for God knows how long. Supplementary appropriations, ratification of implementation deviations from norms, etc. are necessary on-going tasks for flexibility in the expenditure of the allocated pork funds. A CEO must be able to respond very quickly to the fast changing local and world economic climate. Certain CEO acts may be confirmed retroactively while sensitive acts may only be confirmed prospectively.

  12. This fiasco of resignation-rejection was nothing by a grand moro-moro and everyone knows it. The reactions of abad sounded too profound it just wouldn’t pass as extemporaneous, it was a prepared piece from the start. Valte of course provided the coup d’ grace telling that pnoy has already made a final act on the calls for abad’s ouster and nothing is left for anyone to say or do about it. You couldn’t be more wrong girl, you there have just added more fuel to the fire.

  13. Samuel Santos on

    Go ahead Butch. Hold on until hell freezes over. PNoy can’t manage without you.

  14. Alejo Rosete on

    I totally agree with Abad’s classmate open letter – “IRREVOCABLE RESIGNATION”.
    If nothing to hide – how can you work and/or govern effectively if almost every body has doubt in you except you and the President. Even your close friend and classmate ay may duda sa iyo.

    Don’t be a “Linta” or “Alematek” in Ilocano. The whole country is suffering because you do not want the truth to be exposed.

  15. A Palace full of SHAMELESS people, holding on to power even if their hands were caught inside the cookie jar. After all the Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power authored and exercised by this administration, they still cling to their offices as if their lives depend on it. This is the Tuwid na daan at Walang mahirap kun wala korap. It is a big wonder if King of DAP PNoy, Prince of DAP Abad and the rest of them have a conscience left in them.

  16. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    This administration does even seem to respect the decision of the Supreme Court
    anymore. Even congress is now bent on probing the JDF in retaliation to the
    adverse decision of the Supreme Court. The trademark of this administration is
    vindictiveness. If they do not get what they want, they will certainly get back at you.
    They no longer have any respect of the law anymore. For isn’t it that decisions
    of the supreme court becomes the law of the land? What kind of administration
    does the Philippines have now? Vindictiveness and intimidation?

  17. Migs Doromal on

    BS Aquino and Janet Lim-Napoles share one thing in common.

    Both have BUTCH ABAD as his/her mentor in the DAP/PDAF scandals.

  18. Valte said the President’s decision on Abad’s resignation should end calls for the Budget chief to quit.

    WE, THE PEOPLE, do not agree with this. The scripted drama at the palace does not placate our ongoing rage over the continued stay of Abad in the cabinet. PUBLIC OFFICE IS A PUBLIC TRUST, NOT THE PRESIDENT’S TRUST. Our clamor for the resignation of Abad will not end. We still DEMAND Abad’s resignation and the Abnoy’s impeachment. And there is no compromise on this.

  19. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    Of course this abad will stay because he was never sincere about his resignation.
    abnoy has to reject abad’s resignation as well for a simple reason that he has to
    protect himself. Look, if this abnoy will let abad go, he will loudly sing to the tune
    of the DAP. So, this president who is a partner in crime, has to reject and protect
    abad. This administration does not seem to stop fooling the people. DAP money?
    Its very very clear. They used it to bribe and buy these crocodiles in congress.
    Its very obvious, if what they have given to the senators and congressmen who voted
    to impeach corona were indeed in good faith, why is it that Marcos, Santiago and
    Arroyo were not given anything? Was the DAP used to influence these senators
    vote? Filipino people wake up and don’t allow yourselves to be fooled further by
    abnoy and abad. Let us show our guts now.