Social Security System president Emilio De Quiros Jr. on Tuesday filed his resignation with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea following the release of a Malacañang directive ordering appointees of former President Benigno Aquino III to resign.
SSS media relations office head Maria Luisa Sebastian confirmed De Quiros’ resignation.
“Yes, he has already complied with the memorandum circular,” Sebastian said in a text message.
President Rodrigo Duterte in a press conference Sunday morning announced that presidential appointees of former President Benigno Aquino III should consider their seats vacant.
Malacañang said over 6,000 appointees were ordered to vacate their seats amid corruption in the government.
Memorandum Circular No. 4 ordered all presidential appointees to tender their unqualified courtesy resignations within seven calendar days “in view of the President’s desire to rid the bureaucracy of corruption... to give him a free hand in achieving this objective.”
Exempted from the order were newly-appointed Cabinet secretaries, undersecretaries, and assistant secretaries in their respective departments, including presidential advisers or assistants with the equivalent rank.
Also excluded were other officials in the executive department, including state universities and colleges, and government-owned and -controled corporations appointed by President Duterte, and career officials.
Not covered by the order are officials whose offices are created by virtue of the Constitution and those whose appointments are currently being processed or who may be appointed by the President.
The same memorandum circular said that in the event the President accepted the resignation of the head of an agency or GOCC, his or her deputy or others next-in-rank would act as officer-in-charge of the agency until a replacement was duly appointed by the President.
Any presidential appointee who fails to tender his or her courtesy resignation may be held administratively liable and meted the appropriate penalty.
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