Duterte to accept Licuanan’s resignation —Palace

MANILA, Jan 15 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte is poised to accept the resignation of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Patricia Licuanan.

“The President has received the resignation of CHED chairperson Licuanan and it will be accepted by the President,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in a briefing in Malacañang on Monday.

Licuanan announced her resignation during the flag-raising ceremony at CHED’s main office in Quezon City earlier in the day.

She claimed that that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea called her up over the weekend asking her to resign.

Roque said he has no information about Medialdea’s supposed phone call to Licuanan.

He added that Licuanan initially sent an email about her resignation to Malacañang early Monday morning. A hard copy of her resignation is forthcoming, Roque said during the briefing.

Licuanan’s resignation came a week after Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta party-list Representative Jericho Nograles accused her of going on several trips abroad.

Nograles said Licuanan supposedly issued herself travel authorities. He had also urged Congress to launch investigations into alleged “malpractices” at the CHED.

The congressman later admitted that he committed a mistake when he claimed that Licuanan’s trips abroad were not authorized by the Office of the President.

In a statement issued earlier, Nograles said Licuanan made the right decision to resign.

“Licuanan did the right thing. I thank her for her years of service for CHED,” he said.  (MNS)

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