Malacañang said on Friday that Health Secretary Enrique
Ona is not resigning, contrary to a newspaper report, but he
is extending his leave of absence.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said
Secretary Ona has denied submitting a letter of resignation
to the President on Thursday.
"My understanding is that Secretary Ona has already
submitted his report that was asked, that was required of
him by President Aquino, and that Secretary Ona is extending
his leave of absence to afford the President time to assess
the contents of the report that he has submitted," she said
in a press briefing at the Palace.
Valte told reporters that she has no information as to
how long Ona's leave of absence would be. She however noted
that the leave is not indefinite.
She also asked the press to allow the President some time
to go over the report submitted by Ona.
Asked if the President still has confidence in Ona and
whether the latter will remain as health secretary, Valte
said it would be unproductive to speculate on these matters
at this time and that only the President could answer those
"Now that Secretary Ona has given the answers to that, it
is now time for the President to assess the answers that
have been given to him, and also to perhaps propound
additional questions," she said.
(full story: 11.28.14)