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The Cabinet supported the President’s decision

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Members of the Hyatt 10 disputed the report that they arm-twisted President Benigno Aquino III into keeping Budget Secretary Butch Abad. Abad, allegedly the brains behind DAP, resigned from the Cabinet (Aquino turned it down) after the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) that struck down the DAP. ABS-CBN News

“I firmly deny that there was such an effort by Hyatt 10,” Peace Advicer Teresita Deles said in a text message. “Except for VP Binay  the Cabinet supported the president’s decision. That’s all there is to it.” said in a separate txt message. ABS-CBN News

Abad, Deles, Dinky Soliman, Imelda Nicolas, Rene Villa and Cesar Purisima are Aquino Cabinet members who belong to the so-called Hyatt 10 — a group of Cabinet members of then President GMA who bolted in 2005 and called for Arroyo’s resignation at the height of the “Hello, Garci” scandal. ABS-CBN News

Journalist-blogger Ellen Tordesillas, in a report, said that Abad’s exit was sought by the sisters of Aquino — Ballsy, Pinky and Kris — but the Hyatt 10 prevailed upon the President to keep Abad or they will all leave.  ABS-CBN News

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