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.