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Vic Rodriguez steps down as Executive Secretary

By Brooke Villanueva Published Sep 17, 2022 5:52 pm

Atty. Vic Rodriguez has resigned as Executive Secretary. 

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s lawyer and spokesperson announced the news in a Facebook post on Saturday, Sept. 17, and noted that he will continue to serve Filipinos and the entire country as the Presidential Chief of Staff.

“I have asked permission to step down as Executive Secretary,” he began his official statement. 

“There is nothing more rewarding than answering the call to serve the country, a rare privilege not extended to all but was given to me by the President, His Excellency Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr.” 

Rodriguez referred to his Executive Secretary work as a “24/7 job with myriad topics expected to be attended to every day.” According to him, the position “demands a sense of urgency which essentially requires almost all of a public servant’s time to ensure that services are met and delivered.” 

“Equally valuable, however, is to witness firsthand your young family grow and evolve into how every parent would wish them to become and they most need me too,” he continued.

Rodriguez expressed his gratitude to the President “for his continuing trust and his sincere understanding" of his decision.

“To the Filipino people, I shall continue serving you and the country as the Presidential Chief of Staff,” he concluded. 

His resignation comes amid the sugar crisis in the Philippines. Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles revealed in August that Rodriguez was the one who issued an order for the importation plan of 300,000 metric tons of sugar. He was later cleared from the issue.