‘Heart-wrenching’ experience for Duterte on every resignation by Cabinet member

Published April 9, 2018, 2:41 PM

by iManila Developer

By Ellson Quismorio

A House leader believes that every resignation by a Cabinet member or firing made by President Rodrigo Duterte is a “heart-wrenching” experience for the tough-talking leader.

Rodito Albano (via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Rep. Rodito Albano (via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

That’s because according to Isabela 1st district Rep. Rodito Albano, the most powerful position in any given country–the presidency–is also the “loneliest” job out there.

“It takes a lot of guts to let go [of] people close to you…That’s why the presidency is the loneliest office in the world,” said Albano, who is the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban) representative to the powerful Commission on Appointments.

Albano, a party-mate of Duterte’s, was obviously referring to the latter’s recent acceptance of the resignation of his longtime friend and law school classmate Vitaliano Aguirre II as Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary.

On Thursday, a very somber Duterte announced during a speech in Malacañang that he has accepted Aguirre’s resignation. The two are Lex Talionis fraternity brothers.

“I accepted the resignation of Vit Aguirre, my fraternity brother, as secretary of Justice,” he said.

Before that, the Chief Executive was said to be very upset when the DOJ prosecution panel ruled to exonerate self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and 20 others of drug charges due to insufficiency of evidence.

“The President knows best, he has a very good gut feeling,” Albano said of Duterte’s decision to let Aguirre go.

“Of course it is heart-wrenching [for the President],” reckoned the administration congressman. Aguirre’s resignation marked the first from what is considered as Duterte’s inner circle.

Duterte, a former Davao City mayor, won the May 2016 presidential race on the promise to eradicate the illegal drug menace.

It was also reported over the weekend that the President would “fire one undersecretary after another” after expressing dismay over the incidents of corruption in government.

“Itong promise ko, ginagawa ko (I’m doing what I promised to do). Corruption, I’m fighting. Droga, I’m doing it,” he was quoted as saying.

Albano said he expects nothing less from Duterte. “He owes his loyalty to the people and not to his friends,” the solon said