• Palace downplays effect of Domingo’s resignation

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    THE recent resignation of Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo will cast very little effect on the country’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit because there are other officials who are supervising the preparations, according to a Malacañang official.

    In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr, said the entire Cabinet economic cluster is moving to ensure the success of the meetings.

    “(Finance) Secretaries (Cesar) Purisima, Domingo, (Economic Planning chief Arsenio) Balisacan and all members of the Cabinet’s economic cluster are working as a unified and cohesive team together with ES (Executive Secretary Paquito) Ochoa and the national organizing committee to make our APEC hosting a big success,” Coloma said.

    Malacañang on Saturday announced that Domingo had left the Cabinet.

    “According to Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., Secretary Gregory Domingo has submitted his resignation to President Aquino and that this is under consideration,” Coloma said.

    Reports claimed Domingo decided to resign after he felt “burned out” at work. JOEL M. SY EGCO

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