Political analysts in the Philippine politics may or may not consider both options on what made DILG Usec. Puno resign: was that obviously a sign of guilt or was that undoubtedly out of respect?
For some politicians in the House of the Representatives Usec Puno’s resignation was either out of respect or out of delicadeza. Who’s fooling us around? Politicians are politicians. They would answer to a controversial question safe, except for those who have balls to say the impeccable reasons straight. Relatively, political analysts may hint us the same. But to the silent majority, Usec. Puno’s resignation maybe a sign of guilt. Why?
Firstly, Usec. Puno has implicated two controversial issues during Aquino admnistration: the Luneta hostage-taking and the jueteng issue. However, he remained untouched.
Secondly, his fresh controversy on the alleged attempt to gain entry into the late Robredo’s condominium unit in Quezon City, with police officers. This time, he resigned. Moreover, this alleged attempt of Usec. Puno, according to reports, was allegedly motivated from the alleged investigation of the late DILG secretary against Usec. Puno.
Reports said that a lawmaker allied with the administration advised President Aquino to remove Usec. Puno from the DILG as prudent response to the controversy. However, when Usec. Puno tenders his resignation, he did it according to him as ”…in support of President Benigno Aquino III’s request that newly-installed DILG Secretary Mar Roxas be given a free hand to choose his own people.” What is that again, Usec. Puno?
It was too early for the undersecretary to tender his resignation while in fact, the new DILG secretary has not yet been serving the office. It was too early for the undersecretary to resign while the controversy is too hot to handle. It was too early for the undersecretary to resign while the President has not yet been requesting his voluntary resignation, and so on and so forth… However, his move is better than nothing. It maybe too no-brainer to him if he should have waited for the President’s order. But besides all that, his resignation still deserves investigation and no public office in the future for him. Aquino should think twice giving Puno another post in the future.
Usec. Puno‘s reason for his resignation is unlikely and unacceptable for the minds of the doubtful public. But, whatever it is, the public will be in the wait-and-see as the investigation for the controversy keeps rolling…
- DILG USec Rico Puno resigns (rojan88.wordpress.com)
- Puno steps down to give Roxas ‘free hand’ (newsinfo.inquirer.net)