MALACAÑANG on Saturday said it was not aware of reports that Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo would be quitting his post by October.
In a radio interview, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said, “I have not been informed of any resignation of any of our Cabinet members, so wala pa naman pong anunsyo tungkol diyan. [There was no announcement about it],” she said in a mix of Filipino and English.
Valte added that when she talked to Domingo some weeks back, he made no mention of any plan to leave.
“You know, I saw Secretary Domingo a few weeks ago… Wala naman po siyang nabanggit na ganyan [He didn’t say anything],” she said.
Citing “informed sources,” a newspaper report said Domingo is leaving the DTI because he “feels burned out.”
Valte, however, said she would “make some inquiries” about the matter, especially because the secretary has a big role in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in Manila.
“Malaki talaga ang papel ng DTI pagdating doon sa mga substantive meetings (of APEC leaders) [The DTI plays a big role in the APEC Summit, particularly in the substantive meetings],” she said.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd appointed Domingo as DTI secretary on June 30, 2010.
Domingo served as managing director and treasurer of Chase Manhattan Bank in Manila, and executive director of SM Investments Corp. before he assumed the DTI post.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE, REPORTER