From Spokesperson Ernie Abella on the desist order of VP Robredo and Chairperson Licuanan, 05 Dec. 2016

“It is with a heavy heart that I accept the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo.” This was the comment of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Secrerary Jun Evasco gave a brief explanation regarding the matter: 

Cabinet Members are personally appointed by the President; and it is also his prerogative to withdraw the same for reasons known only to him.

Cabinet Members accept the appointment with the implicit agreement that they agree with his program, platform and policies.

While there may be matters they take issue with, these are to be handled consensually because it is vital for the Cabinet to be united.

It is important that while one is a member of the Cabinet to express one’s views discreetly and not be adversarial publicly.

If in any case a Member finds cause it is his/her prerogative to resign from the Cabinet.

According to the President, “It is our duty to defend the dignity and integrity of the Filipino people. If Cabinet Members cannot agree with the President’s policy they are free to resign.”