Palace asked 'latest gov't appointees' to submit courtesy resignation to the next administration

June 4, 2010 8:02 pm 

MANILA, June 4 — Malacanang asked on Friday the recently-appointed government officials to submit their courtesy resignation to the next administration which is formally taking over on June 30.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Charito Planas said in a media briefing that although the appointments made by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are not illegal or "midnight appointments" as alleged by her critics, the Palace is advising the "latest appointees" to submit courtesy resignation to the incoming administration.

According to Undersecretary Planas, there is no irregularity in the appointments made by President Arroyo but she suggested to these appointees to submit courtesy resignation to the emerging administration of presidential frontrunner Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

Meanwhile, another Malacanang spokesman, Undersecretary Gary Olivar, said that President Arroyo "violates no law in making the appointments."

He clarified that the outgoing President "made some appointments to provide continuity."

Olivar noted that apparent President-elect Aquino III has already said he would review the appointments made by President Arroyo. (PNA) scs/rudyma

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