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4 DOTC OFFICIALS QUIT AFTER PING DE JESUS: Power Struggle at the Palace blamed

The in-fighting at the Palace is getting worse. Four senior officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) are leaving the department, following the resignation of Secretary Ping de Jesus.

Undersecretaries Dante Velasco, Glicerio Sicat, Ruben Reinoso and Aristotle Batuhan have all tendered their resignation effective June 30. Assistant secretary Raquel Desiderio who temporarily occupied the Land Transportation Office (LTO) also asked to be relieved from the office starting June 1, but she remains at the DOTC.

The team of Ping de Jesus has been in office barely a year.

A source within the DOTC says the reason why these officials resigned was the apparent delay in the approval of pending projects within the DOTC. Several high ranking officials of the Aquino administration have blocked some of the projects.Many of Aquino’s men are bickering over the delays of these projects simply because some, if at all, most are interested in dipping their fingers at these projects.

Officials affiliated with both groups: balay and Samar have reportedly asked for a “participation” in those said projects, with both trying to out maneuver each other for a major share of the pot.

Aquino reportedly was also unable to read most of those projects, hence the delay.



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