Palace clarifies: Duterte didn’t ask Aranas to leave GSIS

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2019 03:35 PM

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte did not ask Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) president Jesus Clint Aranas to resign, Malacañang clarified Thursday.

“The President just accepted the resignation,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, noting that Aranas did not lose Duterte’s trust.

Panelo earlier said that Duterte had accepted Aranas’ resignation “due to reports and allegations that there had been impropriety in the management of the GSIS leading to loss of confidence.” 

The Duterte spokesman, however, retracted his initial statement, saying Duterte accepted Aranas' resignation "without any reason nor any comment."

Aranas resigned from his post Tuesday, saying he leaves his post "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.

His exit from the government pension fund came after the Commission on Audit (COA) flagged as "illegal expenditures" some P260.5 million in incentives given by GSIS to its employees.

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