For President Benigno Aquino III, Cabinet members may sometime reach their saturation point , quit and go back to the private sector.
That’s what he thought of the resignation of resigned Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Chair Margarita Juico last Thursday.
“A lot of the people who work with me—either in the Office of the President or the Cabinet—are advocates and, in a sense, they are driven by their belief in the causes they’re espousing,” Aquino said.
Working for the Cabinet, or for the government took a toll on one’s private life, not to mention one’s income, and made one a “magnet” for criticism, according to Aquino.
“There is a point, I guess, everybody has a saturation point. And every time that they continue to serve our people, I thank them,” he said. “And there are points when you want to say: “Is there something else that I can do?”
“So, will there be changes? Some have indicated that… they are saying that at a mutually agreed upon time, they would want to go back to their private endeavors,” he said.
“But at this point in time, nobody is yet being replaced,” he added.
The President also recalled that Juico was reluctant to accept the PCSO chair position and wanted only to sit in the board.
“So for her to have rendered service all this time is, I think, suffice to say ‘thank you,’” he said.
Meanwhile, Aquino did not confirm reports that his ally, Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi, who lost the Cavite gubernatorial race last year would replace Juico as PCSO chair.
“Can we wait for the appointment? Sooner, and we will come to it as soon as possible?”