Alleged resignation of ‘progressive’ members of Cabinet a “black propaganda” – Andanar

Alleged resignation of ‘progressive’ members of Cabinet a “black propaganda” – Andanar

MANILA — Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday debunked a message being circulated among the media supposedly about the resignation of several members of the Cabinet belonging to the Makabayan bloc over the issues of extra-judicial killings (EJKs) and the burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

In its entirety, the message, which came from an anonymous number, read:

Dear Editors,

DSWD sec Judy Taguiwalo, DAR sec Raphael Mariano, NAPC chair Liza Maza and Labor Usec Joel Maglungsod will hold a press conference tomorrow, Aug.23, 9 a.m. at Kamuning Bakery and Cafe re resignation from Duterte cabinet in protest against extra judicial killings and Marcos burial.

Please send your reporter and photographer. We hope you can make it!

In a text message to reporters, Andanar said that Taguiwalo herself denied the reports.

He posted a response from Sec. Taguiwalo which said that the said dispatch was “black propaganda.”

As of posting, both Taguiwalo and Mariano were present at the state dining room at Malacañang for a scheduled Cabinet meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meanwhile, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary-general Renato Reyes also said that there was no truth to the message being circulated.

“Intriga lang yan. Walang katotohanan. At talagang sinadya na sa araw na ito ipakalat ang rumors. Pakulo at intriga lang yan para malihis ang pagbubukas ng peace talks. Wag na po nating patulan. Abala sa gawain at paglilingkod ang mga kasama natin sa gabinete,” Reyes said. PNA/