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Sara Duterte Steps Down from DepEd and NTF-ELCAC Roles

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Vice President Sara Duterte has made the decision to resign from her positions as Secretary of the Department of Education and Vice Chairperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), as confirmed by the Presidential Communications Office (PCO).

In a statement released by PCO Secretary Cheloy Garafil, it was disclosed that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has accepted Duterte’s resignation, with the effective date set for Friday, July 19.

Duterte chose not to disclose the specific reason behind her resignation, as mentioned by Garafil. However, she expressed her commitment to continue serving as Vice President. Garafil conveyed appreciation for Duterte’s service in a brief statement.

The PCO has not yet announced the successor to fill Duterte’s role as DepEd Secretary.

In her resignation letter, Duterte outlined a 30-day transition plan for the various departments under the Central Office, as well as for the different Boards and Councils chaired by DepEd and SEAMEO.

“I will remain dedicated to serving the country through the various programs, activities, and projects of the Office of the Vice President,” Duterte stated.

During a press briefing, Duterte clarified that her decision to resign was not a sign of weakness but a manifestation of her concern for the well-being of teachers and students.

“My resignation is not a result of weakness but stems from genuine care for our teachers and Filipino youth,” she emphasized.

She added, “Although I will no longer lead the Department, I will continue to advocate for the quality education that Filipinos deserve.”

Duterte ran as the Vice Presidential candidate alongside Marcos in the 2022 elections under the UniTeam alliance.

In previous events, tensions arose between Duterte and First Lady Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos after remarks made by Duterte’s father, former President Rodrigo Duterte. Despite these tensions, Marcos expressed no intention of replacing Duterte in his Cabinet.

The news of Duterte’s resignation sparked reactions from various political figures. Senate President Francis “Chiz” Escudero acknowledged Duterte’s decision, attributing it to the ongoing criticisms directed at her and her family. Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III called for swift action in appointing a new DepEd chief, emphasizing the need for someone with extensive experience in the education sector.


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