No action yet on Lacson's resignation - Palace

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 22 2014 05:13 PM | Updated as of Dec 23 2014 01:13 AM

MANILA - There is no word yet if President Benigno Aquino III has accepted the resignation of Presidential Assistant on Recovery and Rehabilitation Panfilo Lacson.

Malacanang said his resignation is only a part of a "transition” proposal for the rehabilitation and recovery efforts to be incorporated into the functions of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Lacson's proposal will have to be studied first by the Cabinet. The proposal was submitted last Friday.

"It is an entire transition proposal, kung paano nga magkakaroon ng transition from the present OPARR (Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery) to another structural setup in which 'yung ngang rehabilitation and recovery are already embedded in the functions of NDRRMC. Sabi niya, kasama doon sa submission na 'yun 'yung kanyang resignation,” Coloma said.

“Kaya ang aking interpretation, at inilabas ko na rin ito noong Friday, ang pag-aaralan ay 'yung buong transition proposal. Wala akong binabanggit doon sa specific action on the resignation itself."

On Sunday, Lacson said he has tendered his resignation since he has done everything as rehabilitation czar in connection with the Yolanda disaster.

His resignation will take effect by February 2015, which he said will give the government a little more than a month to put in place a transition plan for the transfer of the duties of his office to a permanent agency.