DFA Secretary Alberto G. Romulo today rejected calls for him to resign his post after expressing support for Sen. Noynoy Aquino’s bid for the 2010 presidential elections. Malacanang was obviously rattled by Romulo’s expression of support for Aquino, who has been very critical of President Arroyo, so much as so that the Palace junior spokesperson has gone to the extent of insulting perhaps the most senior member of the cabinet.
Here is Secretary Romulo’s full statement:
The comments that I have on the candidacy of Sen. Noynoy Aquino has created some concern from various quarters. These comments were originally made in a private conversation. When the comments saw print, I sought, to put things in perspective by explaining that my long years of association with Tita Cory and the Aquino family was the basis of my position.
I have to make it very clear that such comments do not in any way diminish my service and support for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Neither does it mean that I am moving to the opposition, I am standing by the President until the end of her term and beyond.
I take pride in playing a major role in the tremendous achievements of President Arroyo in the arena of foreign relations, especially on the three pillars of our foreign policy, which are: the promotion of the welfare of Filipinos at home and abroad; economic diplomacy which has brought investments to our country; and political security where we are on the cusp of achieving lasting peace in Mindanao.
I will continue to discharge my duties with utmost integrity, professionalism, and loyalty which has been the hallmark of my long years of public service.
Democracy in our country is strong and vibrant. I am confident that in the end, our people will choose a leader who will build on the legacy of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and will move us forward to a brighter and stronger nation. END