Palace confirms GSIS chief's 'graceful exit from office'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2019 11:43 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2019 01:55 AM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE)—Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed the resignation of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) president and general manager Jesus Clint Aranas.

"Due to reports and allegations that there had been impropriety in the management of the GSIS leading to loss of confidence, the President has accepted Mr. Aranas' resignation for his graceful exit from office," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in an initial statement.

He said President Rodrigo Duterte is now searching for Aranas' replacement "who would not only safeguard the hard-earned money of government workers but would also ensure that the same would redound to the benefit of the GSIS members."

Malacañang later revised its earlier statement, saying Duterte accepts Aranas' resignation "without any reason nor any comment."

"The President is now looking for a replacement for the vacated post," Panelo said, without giving details.

Aranas also resigned recently as board member of the Philippine Olympic Committee. He is the president of World Archery Philippines Inc., the sport's national governing body.

His resignation from GSIS came after the Commission on Audit (COA) flagged some P260.5 million in incentives given by the state-run corporation to its employees as "illegal expenditures."

The state audit agency said the incentives were released by GSIS without authority from Duterte and the budget department. 

The GSIS is also embroiled in a controversy with the Philippine Ports Authority over the ownership of a 78-hectare lot in Manila, a part of which is being used by global port operator ICTSI. 

Based on the latest valuation supplied by the finance department, the property is worth P41.8 billion. 

In his resignation letter obtained by ABS-CBN News, Aranas said he is leaving his position "without compromising his integrity."

"I resign secure in the knowledge that I have unwaveringly advanced the interest of GSIS and its members in discharging the functions of the said office always in obeisance to all the laws and never once compromising my integrity or that of the office I now relinquish," he said.