SAYING they were doing so “with deep concern and firm resolve,” eight Secretaries and two senior revenue officials had announced they were leaving Arroyo’s Cabinet and called on the President to resign her office. The group of Cabinet secretaries include the administration’s economic managers as well as those in-charge of the social welfare and peace portfolios. They were:

  • Florencio Abad, Education
  • Juan Santos, Trade and Industry
  • Cesar Purisima, Finance
  • Emilia Boncodin, Budget and Management
  • Imelda Nicolas, National Anti-Poverty Commission
  • Ging Deles, Peace Adviser
  • Dinky Soliman, Social Welfare and Development
  • Rene Villa, Agrarian Reform
  • Alberto Lina, Bureau of Customs
  • Guillermo Parayno, Bureau of Internal Revenue

“The President had preempted our moves. This preemption does not change our conviction that her decisions as of late are guided mainly by her determination to survive as President,” the group said in a statement read by Purisima. They called on the people to unite behind Vice President Noli de Castro, the constitutional successor to Arroyo.

The President can be part of the solution to this crisis by making the supreme sacrifice for God and country to voluntarily relinquish her office and allow her constitutional successor, the Vice President, to assume the presidency…This is the least disruptive and painful option that can swiftly restore normalcy and eventually will bring us to prosperity.

View a pdf copy of the group’s full statement here.

38 Responses to Eight Cabinet members quit, call on GMA to resign

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gangster_roger

July 8th, 2005 at 11:08 am

Now who is preempting who?

Noli de Castro for President. What next for the opposition? Is Noli going to make compromises with them?

Now we need to watch Noli.

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penpen

July 8th, 2005 at 11:12 am

There’s hope in the philippines yet. Thank you cabinet ministers! we need more people like you.

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Partisanong Lagalag

July 8th, 2005 at 11:18 am

The final countdown has just begun. Now we await the statement of the Military and the Church…then it’s goodbye GMA.

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gangster_roger

July 8th, 2005 at 11:21 am

Sorry na lang kay Erap he will not be allowed to get back.

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masha

July 8th, 2005 at 11:22 am

so does that mean na tatanggalin na rin ng business people ang suporta nila kay gma?

anong nangyari kay popo lotilla?

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masha

July 8th, 2005 at 11:23 am

what about pat sto tomas?

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bayonic

July 8th, 2005 at 11:24 am

ilan ba lahat ang Cabinet members ?

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masha

July 8th, 2005 at 11:31 am

pride. pride ang namumuno sa buhay ni gma ngayon. siguro she should focus her prayers in asking to be forgiven and relieved of one of the 7 deadly sins.

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jonas

July 8th, 2005 at 11:35 am

There goes the Titanic.

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Kirby Cruz

July 8th, 2005 at 11:38 am

Heard of doves and hawks. What about the vultures… and of course the powerpuff girls, did Professor X knows what’s happening… he3

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rgrosario

July 8th, 2005 at 11:51 am

are you kidding noli for president!!!! ano yan bagong noontime show wow mali! pls naman huwag naman……. Ang dami naman na pwede pagpilian, Hilario Davide is the right person that can lead us to the promise land. A man of integrity and a man of honor………Noli, pls go back to your evening show magandang gabi bayan!!!!! Magsama nalang kayo ni gloria, kunin mo siyang segment host. Sigurado ganda ng tandem niyo……

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Garcigwen

July 8th, 2005 at 11:55 am

possible scenario

government of unity.
president noli. vice president legarda to buy political peace.
2nd choice pimentel.
cabinet positions to opposition.

early elections 2007 to get fresh mandate. whoever wins. bahala na.

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Liberal Party votes to call for Arroyo’s resignation

July 8th, 2005 at 1:12 pm

[…] The LP has among its members former Secretaries Florencio Abad and Rene Villa, two of those who announced this morning that they were leaving the Cabinet. Other party members are Secretaries Mike Defensor and Rigoberto Tiglao who are remaining with the President. […]

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Vinia Datinguinoo

July 8th, 2005 at 1:24 pm

bayonic, there are 32.

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Over a Cup of 2T » Blog Archive » Fueling the fire

July 8th, 2005 at 1:25 pm

[…] This is an extremely dangerous game they’re playing. The parties are divided and the lines are drawn clearly. With the resignation of the “doves”, Gloria has lost the part of her cabinet that was actually getting the work done. Now all the other remaining cabinet members are standing firm and deploring those who resigned as “adventiurists and traitors”. […]

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claymore

July 8th, 2005 at 1:52 pm

MALAPIT NA!!!!

Sobra-sobra kasing ginamit, at pinangalandakan ang pangalan ng Panginoon…
Inabuso masiyado ang ipinagkatiwalang kapangyarihan…..
Ginawang haligi ang kasinungalingan….
Maaga tuloy inabutan ng karma…

Maging babala sana sa mga susunod pang mga lider….
HINDI NAMIN KAYO TATANTANAN!!!!

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Leo

July 8th, 2005 at 1:53 pm

Ang pag alis ng 10 gabinete ay isang silo, isang patibong na sa paningin natin ay isang matuwid na hakbang patungo sa ika-aayos ng lahat. Subalit hindi … Ang pag -alis nila ay mas magbibigay ng pagkakataon sa administrasyon na ayusin ang dapat ayusin… pansinin po ninyo ang line up ng mga aalis, finance , revenue, trade, customs etc etc… Mga kababayan ko, wala ng dapat pag-isipan pa … Noong araw hanggang ngayon,, aling departamento ng gobyerno ang lagi nating sinsasabi na punong puno ng katiwalian ,,, mga kababayan… Ang Custom, sila sila gustong magpatayan para huwag makuha ng iba ang puwesto… hindi tayo bulag at bingi .. alam natin ito… Talaga namang aalisin sila, dahil kung hindi sila aalisin , baka may mga baho pa na lumitaw sa mga susunod na araw.. Ganyan katalino ang administrasyon, mga kababayan, kaklase ni Clinton… sus ginoo… Huwag tayong maki-drama sa mga patibong na ito… Budget and Management,,, Hindi nakakatuwa ang kanilang pag-alis…. nakakainis … Ang problema sa kanila ayaw nilang masabi ng mga tao na tinanggal sila sa puwesto, pangit para sa kanila, andoon pa rin ang makasariling pakinabang,,, pag wala na sila sa puwesto saka sila magsasalita ng ganito si Kulas , eto ang ginagawa ni Tibo, eto si Maria….. hmmm. Sino ang ipapalit ni Gloria sa kanila… natural… e di mga trouble shooter para ayusin ang dapat ayusin, budget … ubos na ba… fianance … may pera pa ba… custom…. malinis ba ang pagkagawa… Sus ginooo… Santa Klaus… hehehe … Magsalita muna bago kayo umalis para mapatunayan naming mallinis kayo at laan para sa pagbabago… Ibulgar ninyo ang dapat ibulgar… pag wala na kayo sa puwesto ang mga salita ay hindi na paniniwalaan ng taong bayan…. Gutom na sila… kumakalam ang sikmura…

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Lemy

July 8th, 2005 at 1:54 pm

The signs of the times suggest that we have to amend our constitution and pave a way for a new (hopefully better) form of goverment. time and again, we have seen our politics come and go with the same outcome and that is: our politicians are only after their personal interests albeit under the guise of “serving the people”.

it is disheartening to see how they jossle for political power with that intention and purpose. its about time that our country move on to a more progressive direction devoid of the same political crocodiles that try to impress on us decency, credibilty and personal commitment to work for the common good of the people. it has never been the case and it will never be in the light of our present situation.

the balance of power or lack of it is becoming a vicious cycle.the proponents for change when given the chance to prove their worth still do the same thing that they have abhored in the first place. the people are left at the sidelines every now and then watching this “war of the worlds” (we even know the ending more often than not).

having said this in the context of what is currently happening with the present crisis, it is just but proper that GMA indeed resign if she still has self respect and delicadeza.but who else in the present government, the senate and congress isnt like her in “color” and “lapses of judgment”. they are just the same rotten apples waiting for the chance to be at the helm, to take advantage and start “working” at it again until further notice. at least they are called honorable for all of these.

cheers to a federalism? well….

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sinningsaint

July 8th, 2005 at 2:14 pm

bakit ganon? yung mga matitino ang umalis??… sila ba talaga ang target nung “reorganize” na sinasabi nya???… i was expecting angie reyes, ebdane, mendoza and neri to resign, hindi itong matitinong ‘to!!!!

teka… teka… teka… NAGUGULUHAN NA AKO TALAGA!!…

grabe, naiyak ako. hindi si purisima at si boncodin ang gusto kong umalis.

siraulo tong c gma for letting them go. at patuloy na nakikinig sa mga SIPSIP at SULSOL na para bagang mga demonyo na bumubulong-bulong sa kanyang likuran na “andito kami sa likod mo”.

di na talaga alam ni gloria kung sinong pakikinggan at hindi. another
major LAPSE IN JUDGMENT to… as in ultra-mega-MAJOR-MAJOR.

konsuelo ko na lang jan: mawawala si parayno. baka pwedeng mag-tax evade na lang?… ayokong palamunin ang mga gagong tao sa gobyerno.

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » MBC, NGOs ask Arroyo to resign

July 8th, 2005 at 2:53 pm

[…] THE resignation this morning of ten Cabinet members has opened the floodgates for various groups to echo calls for President Arroyo to step down. In a single press conference, the Makati Business Club (MBC) and a coalition of NGOs issued their respective statements, both of which vouched for the integrity and competence of the Secretaries who had quit and asking the President to resign. […]

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Lucan Ominous

July 8th, 2005 at 3:01 pm

Buti nga k Juan Santos, the guy who issued the DTI non-commital “clearance” (not a declaration, hehe pyramid pa rin!) for the pyramid First Quadrant. Bakit nasa gabinete pa rin si DENR buwaya Sec. Mike Defensor??? Patalsikin na ang walanghiyang raketistang yan!

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sinningsaint

July 8th, 2005 at 3:03 pm

si mike defensor?

buwayas of the same skin group together.

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sinningsaint

July 8th, 2005 at 3:37 pm

asan si dick gordon?

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Lucan Ominous

July 8th, 2005 at 3:39 pm

The 10 resignations are not enough. Nandiyan pa rin ang masamang impluwensiya at presensya ng mga garapal na mga ispiritu gaya ng kay Mike Defensor ng Dept. of Envirorment & Natural Resources…kailangan silang i-NATURAL EXORCIST!!!

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Bullet

July 8th, 2005 at 4:11 pm

The 10 former secretaries are not traitors as what GMA loyalist are saying. For me, they are heroes. They sacrificed their positions for the interest of majority – the Filipino people. I salute them especially Ms. Dinky Soliman, who stood her principle and conviction inspite of her closeness to GMA. She is least expected in the group of Purisima. I thought it will be Sto. Tomas. But I disagree w/ the appointment of Noli De Castro – parang nagpalit ng t’shirt na pareho lang ng brand. I heard Noli & Mike Arroyo talked and settled matters for their self-interest in Hong Kong. Wala rin mababago kapag is Noli, parang nasa likod lang si GMA (Ghost President). Mr. Randy David for President ang litanya ko.

GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY!!!

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The J Spot

July 8th, 2005 at 6:16 pm

Unrest

I wonder how things will work out.  Seems like we’re having another sort of reveolution.  Check out PCIJ’s July archives for the skinny on the events that are transpiring because of Gloriagate.

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » End Game

July 8th, 2005 at 6:32 pm

[…] The resignation this morning of eight Cabinet members and two senior revenue officials took the political initiative out of Congress and raised the issue to a higher level. The question now is no longer just the president’s probable involvement in electoral fraud. It has been elevated to Mrs. Arroyo’s ability to govern, given the “cloud of doubt and mistrust” that hangs over her presidency. […]

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Arroyo appoints department OICs

July 8th, 2005 at 7:54 pm

[…] THE President has designated the following as officers-in-charge of Cabinet portfolios left vacant with the resignation this morning of eight of her Secretaries, who had also called on her to resign. Arroyo said in a statement issued also late today that she will announce her new Cabinet appointees in the next two days. […]

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tobebs

July 9th, 2005 at 10:44 am

These cabinet members should earn our respect for being patriotic. They sacrificed personal interest for national interest. These cabinet members should have earned triple their pay in the private sector but chose to be with government despite its low pay. MABUHAY KAYONG LAHAT.

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Cory repeats call for GMA to resign

July 11th, 2005 at 1:43 pm

[…] FIRST she spoke extemporaneously, saying no matter what flak she will again get, she will speak. Former president Corazon Aquino, after a celebration of the Holy Mass at the De La Salle University in Manila, said she had no choice. “Mula nung tinaya ni Ninoy ang kanyang buhay para sa atin, ako man tinaya ko na lahat ng aking makakaya para sa ating bayan.” Aquino then praised the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for what she said was their careful discernment of what it is they must tell their flock. “They are risk-takers,” she said of the bishops. The former president lauded as well the former Cabinet members who on July 8 resigned and called on Arroyo to quit. “They could have just kept quiet but they deemed their duty was to us the Filipino people. We need more Filipinos like them.” […]

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bebs94

July 12th, 2005 at 10:33 am

kaya sila nag-resign kasi hindi na nila masikmura yung boss nila.it’s not right to accuse them of power-grabbing or destabilizing just because they resigned.hindi naman sila trapo e.si secretary boncodin nga sumasakay lang ng bus(from a reliable source).they resigned because gma stopped the implementation of e-vat,siya ang humarang at nag-utos sa supreme court.tapos ang palalabasin yung opposition ang humarang.ilang buwan pinagtrabahuhan ng economic team ang e-vat.tapos biglang babawiin lang pala ni gma para magpa-good shot?kasi sa tingin ko lalong magagalit ang tao sa kanya pag tinuloy ang e-vat.ok,let’s face it,talagang kailangan na ngang ipasa sa mamamamyan para hindi bumagsak ang ekonomiya natin.oo,sige ok na nga kahit hindi ok.tapos babawiin lang???o c’mon,madam gloria…ECONOMIC SABOTAGE!!!sayang,yung matitino pa ang nawala sa cabinet.tsk,tsk,tsk…

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » New Cabinet officials

July 15th, 2005 at 1:09 pm

[…] PRESIDENT Arroyo in the last week named new department secretaries to replace those who resigned on July 8. […]

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Business mood now pessimistic — MBC survey

August 2nd, 2005 at 7:36 pm

[…] The survey also focused on government performance, with 17 agencies, institutions and basic services receiving positive net scores for their performance in the last six months. Eighteen, however, got negative net scores. Interestingly, most of the agencies in the top list were those headed by some of the resigned Cabinet officials tagged as the "Hyatt 10." The top performing agencies are: […]

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » From Congress to the Executive: Cabinet reshuffle continues

February 7th, 2006 at 3:43 pm

[…] Nachura is also said to be one of two officials being considered for the top post in the Department of Education (DepEd), which was left vacant after former secretary Florencio Abad quit last year. Abad was among the group now known as the "Hyatt 10"—Cabinet secretaries and top-level officials who left their posts on July 8 and called for Arroyo’s resignation amid allegations of electoral fraud. […]

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Cory, Hyatt 10 ask Arroyo to resign

February 24th, 2006 at 4:58 pm

[…] The Hyatt 10, a group of cabinet secretaries and officials, resigned from office, also on July 8, and asked Arroyo to relinquish her position. […]

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Former CA justice assumes DOLE post

July 3rd, 2006 at 12:24 pm

[…] Sto. Tomas is considered as one of Arroyo’s most loyal officials. At the height of the ‘Hello, Garci’ controversy, Sto. Tomas refused to join the Hyatt 10, a group of Cabinet officials who resigned their posts and called on the President to resign. […]

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INSIDE PCIJ » Points to ponder during a political crisis

October 25th, 2006 at 6:48 pm

[…] When the ’Hello Garci’ tapes were made public, Arroyo apologized for a “lapse of judgement” on national television. The taped apology took 42 takes to record, said David. First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo went abroad on voluntary exile, but soon returned after the Hyatt 10 resigned from the Cabinet. […]

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Remembering Boncodin’s fight against corruption « loQal – Nation and World

March 17th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

[…] setting. As such, Boncodin and several other Cabinet members, who called themselves the “Hyatt 10”, quit their posts in 2005 in defiance of President Gloria Arroyo at the height of the Hello […]

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