JPE defends Gigi Reyes, rejects resignation

Posted at 01/24/2013 3:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile defended Thursday his chief of staff, Gigi Reyes, after she was criticized by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.

In an interview, Enrile said he approved all memos issued by Reyes, including handwritten orders that barred 4 senators from receiving P1.6 million each in additional maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) funds last December.

“Aprubado ko lahat yun. Ganyan ako sa lahat ng hinawakan ko maging sa Bureau of Customs, Department of Finance, Insurance Commission, Department of Justice, sa Department of Defense. Meron akong tao na kumpiyansa ako. Sila ang namamahala sa opisina. Sila ang inuutusan ko na maging administrative officer at sila ang nagde-decide ng detalye,” he told Punto por Punto host Anthony Taberna.

“Ako lang ang gumagawa ng desisyon. In-authorize ko sa kanila. Dine-delegate ko ang kapangyarihan sa kanila,” he added.

Enrile admitted that Reyes had submitted her resignation yesterday but that he had refused to accept it.

“Yes, she resigned. I did not accept it but her resignation is irrevocable. Pakiusapan ko at kailangan ko siya sa Senado. Siya ang nakakaalam nung aking trabaho sa administrative work sa opisina,” he said.

ANC Dateline Philippines, January 24, 2013