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Na-guilty sa family! Cherie Mercado quits as DOTr spox as demands of the job prove too much

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Former TV5 broadcaster Cherie Mercado has quit her job as spokesperson of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In a lengthy Facebook post, Mercado said she had to resign because she couldn’t balance her time for her family with the demands of her job.

While she loved her work, Mercado said the time she had to spend on the job has led to problems in her family.

“I saw my daughters fighting, grades going down, my seeds of teaching respect slowly forgotten, spending too much time on the iPad. They could be having seizures beside me and I might not notice because work is constantly demanding my time and attention,” she said.

“My husband was supportive all throughout but I know he was feeling my absence,” Mercado added.

Overwhelmed by guilt, the former Kapatid newscaster said she also fell ill: experiencing headaches, myalgia and sleepless nights.

Mercado said her decision to quit was a “tough” one.

“I tried for the last few months to balance, but I failed. And then I knew it was time to choose,” she said.