By Amando Doronila
In a terse statement to the media on Monday, President Aquino said Vice President Jejomar Binay could leave the Cabinet if he no longer agreed with the administration. It was his response to Binay’s speech last week castigating the administration’s supposed shortfalls—an exchange that set them on a collision course at the tail end of the President’s term.
In Japanese and Korean cultures, where the sense of honor and shame is strong, President Aquino would have resigned following the Supreme Court ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that he and his budget secretary, Florencio Abad, invented.
The resignation of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon shows there are still government leaders in our country who understand and live out the true meaning of the word “delicadeza.”
Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon is resigning his high-profile office by day’s end tomorrow. It is a good decision; if he had not tendered his “irrevocable resignation” in a meeting with President Aquino on Monday, he would have been forced out of the Bureau of Customs by both internal political pressure and public opinion. Indeed, […]
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
There is so much being written about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The most basic question asked is whether a pope may resign. There is now no dispute about the legal possibility of a resignation. Canon Law is very clear: “If it should happen that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required that he make his resignation freely, and that it be duly manifested, but not that it be accepted by anyone.”