President Benigno Aquino 3rd is still looking for a new chairman for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) with “vigor to fulfill the mandate” of the agency, Malacanang said on Sunday.
PCSO chief Margarita Juico, a long-time friend of the Aquino family, last week filed her resignation.
“Like what Mrs. Juico said, the job is demanding and the next person must be up to speed in carrying out the mandate of the PCSO in giving charitable assistance to our people,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said on dzRB radio.
Valte the President has not yet found a replacement for Juico.
Last week, The Manila Times reported that Juico’s likely replacement is former Cavite congressman Ayong Maliksi, a presidential ally who lost his gubernatorial bid in 2013.
But Valte refused to confirm the report. “I will not answer that. You’re asking me to give an answer to fuel speculations. I will not at this point,” she said.
Juico was the appointments secretary of President Corazon Aquino, and is known to be very close to Noynoy’s sisters.
The President has accepted Juico’s resignation.
Juico’s sudden resignation has fuelled speculations that it was triggered by her supposed feud with Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and her alleged poor performance as PCSO chief.
Juico denied any rift with Roxas, saying her decision to quit is purely personal. She said she wanted to spend more time with her family.
Valte also refused to comment on the possible appointment of defeated administration candidates to plum government posts when the appointment ban ends.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE