Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin will reportedly axe all appointees of his predecessor, Vic Rodriguez, by the end of the year, Politiko has learned.
An Iskooper said around 1,500 government positions will reportedly be vacated by Bersamin’s purge.
One of Bersamin’s first acts following his appointment as Executive Secretary was the issuance of Memorandum Order (MO) No. 7 on September 27. The memo extended the terms of employees and officials under the Office of the President until Dec. 31, 2022 unless their appointments are “sooner revoked, resignations accepted, replacements, appointed, or reappointments issued.”
Prior to his fall from grace as part of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s trusted circle, Rodriguez signed Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 3 extending the term of office of designated officers-in-charge (OICs) of departments, agencies, and bureaus until December 31 this year.
MC 3 supplemented MC 1, which designated as OIC the next-in-rank and most senior official in government departments, offices, agencies, and bureaus where the top position had yet to be filled by the President.
The Iskooper said Rodriguez signed so many appointment papers— including for positions in other departments— that resulted in the annoyance of several Cabinet members and contributed to his early exit.
“Pinakialaman kasi lahat ng pwesto kahit labas sa poder niya (Rodriguez). ES Bersamin is just fixing the mess left by Rodriguez in his office and in other departments,” the Iskooper said.
The Iskooper said even Bersamin was floored when he learned about the number of appointment papers Rodriguez signed on his last day in office last September.
Rodriguez served as Marcos’ spokesperson during the campaign period for the 2022 elections. He had barely warmed his seat as Executive Secretary when controversies started plaguing him, including the questionable appointment of some government officials whose papers he signed, and the fiasco over the importation of 300,000 metric tons of sugar, which didn’t have the President’s approval.
Earlier this month, Marcos’ party, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, decided to expel Rodriguez as an officer due to loss of trust and confidence.