By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang has confirmed that Commission on Higher Education (CHED) executive director Karol Mark Yee has tendered his resignation.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said it was up to Yee if he intends to file a complaint before the police about the alleged harassment and threats to his life.
“He has resigned and of course the President will decide,” Roque said in a media interview.
“Let him file a complaint [with the police] if he wants,” he added.
Yee, an appointee of the President, reportedly submitted his irrevocable resignation to Malacañang last Monday due to the “unceasing harassment and relentless threats against my life and person.” He claimed that such threats gave him “great personal and psychological strain, that has ultimately made it extremely difficult to further proceed.”
Yee was appointed last year to replace Julito Vitriolo, who was dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman over a diploma mill case.
“We note that (Julito) Vitriolo has a CA (Court of Appeals) order to reinstate him which former chairperson (Patricia) Licuanan refused to enforce. But that’s it. We just note na may ganoong order that Licuanan refused to enforce,” Roque said.
The Ombudsman earlier ordered the dismissal of Vitriolo for failing to investigate a diploma mill operation between the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the National College of Physical Education in January 2017. He was found guilty of grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and incompetence.
The Court of Appeals however ordered the immediate reinstatement of Vitriolo, junking the Ombudsman’s decision on his dismissal as too harsh and disproportionate to his offense.