Malacañang has made official President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that he would declare all government positions appointed by former President Benigno Aquino vacant as of August 22, 2016.
In a memorandum circular released on Monday, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea directed all those affected — that is, those not appointed by Duterte — to submit their “unqualified courtesy resignations” within seven days.
He said this is in line with Duterte’s desire to rid the bureaucracy of corruption.
The resignations are to be submitted to the concerned head of the Department or office, with copies furnished to the Office of the President through Medialdea.
Medialdea, however, said the following are not included in the call for resignation:
- Newly appointed Cabinet Secretaries, Undersecretaries, and Assistant Secretaries in their respective Departments, including presidential advisers or assistants with the equivalent rank as aforementioned;
- Other officials in the Executive Department, including state universities and colleges, and government-owned or –controlled corporations (GOCCs), appointed by the incumbent President;
- Career officials as defined by the Civil Service Laws, rules, regulations;
- Officials whose offices are created by virtue of the Philippine Constitution (e.g. Constitutional Commissions, Ombudsman, etc.); and
- Those whose appointments are still being processed or who may be appointed by the President shortly after the effectivity of the Memorandum Circular.
Medialdea said Presidential appointees in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police will be dealt with separately.
He also said it is the President or the Executive Secretary who will act on the courtesy resignations. Until action is taken, the appointive officials will continue to report for work and perform their normal duties and responsibilities.