PNoy delays NDRRMC chief's resignation

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2013 02:52 PM | Updated as of Jan 30 2013 10:53 PM

MANILA – Executive Director Benito Ramos will have to stay a little longer at the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) until President Benigno Aquino III accepts his resignation.

Ramos tendered his resignation first week of January to have time to attend to his wife who is suffering from diabetes.

In a press conference Wednesday morning, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Aquino has not accepted Ramos' resignation yet.

"’Yung approval nung kanyang resignation has not been put into play, ibig sabihin kahit na lumagpas na tayo ng February 1, kahit sabihin kong February 1 ang effectivity ng order, kung hindi pa napipirmahan ng President, hindi sya pwedeng umalis. Sabi nga sa amin sa sundalo, to quit my post only when properly relieved and it will be properly, he will be properly relieved if the orders are signed," said Gazmin.

Retired Army Major General Eduardo del Rosario, whose last assignment was Chief of Task Force Kalihim that handled search and retrieval operations for the late Secretary Jesse Robredo, is a candidate for the position that will be vacated by Ramos.

Gazmin said del Rosario is now an understudy for the post of NDRRMC chief.