MANILA (UPDATE) - Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chair Margarita Juico has resigned, the Palace confirmed Friday.
In a statement, Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said, "President Aquino thanks PCSO Chairperson Margarita Juico for her dedicated service to the government and the Filipino people. As an esteemed family friend, President Aquino wishes her well on her decision to end her stint in public service."
Coloma said Juico's resignation will take effect ''upon formal written acceptance by the President in accordance with established procedures."
Sources earlier told ABS-CBN News that Juico met yesterday with Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., who gave Juico until the end of the month "to wind up" at the agency.
The sources did not give any reason for Juico's resignation, but they said President Benigno Aquino is "not happy with the way things are at the PCSO."
One source said Juico's likely replacement is former Cavite congressman Ayong Maliksi, who lost his gubernatorial bid in the 2013 elections.
However, Maliksi will have to wait until after May 13 for any government appointment, in view of the one-year ban on losing candidates.
The other source, however, said the matter of Juico's replacement is "not yet final."
Juico was the appointments secretary of President Benigno Aquino's mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, and is known to be very close to Noynoy's sisters.
Her husband, Philip, was agrarian reform secretary during Cory's time. – with a report from RG Cruz