Sara Duterte resigns from Marcos Cabinet, DepEd

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Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte.

Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte resigned on Wednesday (June 19) from the Cabinet of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and as education minister and vice chairman of a national anti-insurgency task force.

Marcos has accepted Duterte’s resignation from his Cabinet, as Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd), and as vice chairperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, according to Presidential Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil in a statement. Garafil said Duterte declined to provide a reason why she quit her posts.

Duterte, who will remain vice president, said in a press conference that her “resignation is not because of weakness but because of true concern for teachers and the youth.”

In her resignation letter, Duterte said she has prepared a 30-day transition plan. ”I shall remain of service to the country through the various programs, activities, and projects of the Office of the Vice President,” Duterte said.

Duterte’s resignation is seen as latest sign of the crumbling of the Marcos-Duterte alliance, which began when Duterte faced multiple allegations regarding her handling of Department of Education affairs, which her family said were political schemes meant to discredit her. Last year, lawmakers stripped her of her proposed funds.

The Duterte family shot back at Marcos, accusing the president of using drugs. They also called for his resignation. The rift escalated with Marcos’ wife and First Lady Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos publicly admitting that she harbours ill feelings towards Duterte for laughing at a remark against her husband during a rally in Davao City last January. ICA/Expat Media

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