DA officer signing ‘unlawful’ sugar import proposal resigns

(Third Replace) ‘I take accountability and accountability for its penalties,’ mentioned Agriculture Underneath-Secretary Leocadio Sebastian in his letter to the President

MANILA, Philippines – The Division of Agriculture (DA) official who signed the alleged unlawful sugar import proposal has resigned, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Engels mentioned on Friday, Aug. 12.

Engels mentioned in an announcement that Leocadio Sebastián, the beneath secretary for operations and chief of workers to the DA secretary, resigned and apologized to agriculture chief and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

“Your Excellency, I apologize in your behalf for approving Sugar Order No. 4 and for the authority vested in me by you. I take accountability and accountability for its penalties,” the agriculture officer mentioned in his letter. Quoted by Engels.

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Sugar Order No. 4 of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) permitted the import of 300,000 metric tons of sugar after being “signed” by the President, who additionally presides over the SRA. Nevertheless, Engels clarified that the president didn’t signal the decision.

The press secretary beforehand defined that Sebastian was “not approved” to signal the doc on Marcos’ behalf. He additionally known as the supply “unlawful”.

In his letter to the president, Sebastian wished to be relieved of the “delegating” duties that go along with each of his actions. “Thus, I humbly supply to be relieved of the assignments and tasks of my delegated officers and in my capability as Chief of Employees and Underneath-Secretary of Agriculture Division.”

Though Engels used the time period “resignation” to discuss with the motion of the agricultural officer, Sebastian didn’t use the time period in his letter.

In his assertion, Engels mentioned the investigation was ongoing to find out whether or not “malignancy” or “negligence” was concerned within the situation.

“In such a case, if such conclusions are drawn, it stays solely to resolve what number of heads are going to be rolled.”

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Sebastian’s resignation got here two days after he moved to Malkanang on Wednesday, 10 August. The President spoke informally to the besieged agriculture officer.

A day after Sebastian’s exit from the Division of Agriculture, Marcos accepted the resignation of SRA chief Hermengildo Serafica, efficient instantly.

SRA board member Ronald Beltran additionally tendered his resignation, citing “well being causes”. Beltrán despatched his resignation by way of e mail to Govt Secretary Vic Rodriguez on August 14.

Beltran mentioned in his letter that his resignation was “with out prejudice” to the continuing investigation of the proposal.

The board member additionally famous that he had anticipated stepping down on July 1, when his time period ended, however was recalled to the board when he was advised he was in a “holdover capability”. Will keep The Palace had beforehand issued two circulars authorizing the growth and designation of positions of officers in cost for sure positions pending a brand new appointment from the Marcos administration. – rapper.com

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