Palace: PMS chief Angping 'to take personal time off'

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 02 2022 06:10 PM | Updated as of Dec 02 2022 07:47 PM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. speaks with Presidential Management Staff Zenaida Angping during the seventh cabinet meeting at the Malacañang Palace on Monday, September 12, 2022. Yummie Dingding , PPA/ Pool
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. speaks with Presidential Management Staff Zenaida Angping during the seventh cabinet meeting at the Malacañang Palace on Monday, September 12, 2022. Yummie Dingding , PPA/ Pool

MANILA (UPDATED) - Zenaida Angping, the head of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s management staff, has asked to "take some personal time" off, Malacanang said on Friday. 

Press Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil did not say how long Angping will be on leave but Marcos Jr. has approved it. 

“Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Secretary Naida Angping has asked to take some personal time for herself and her family, and the President agreed,” the statement read. 

The statement from the Palace came amid rumors about the purported resignation of Angping. Malacañang has yet to name who would temporarily lead the Presidential Management Staff.

This also came weeks following a Politiko report that her husband, former Manila Rep. Harry Angping, was allegedly arrested in Thailand ahead of Marcos Jr.'s attendance to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting for alleged sexual harassment.  

But a high-ranking government official privy to the arrangements in Bangkok told ABS-CBN News that Angping's husband was not part of the Philippines’ official delegation to APEC. 

The PMS is responsible for the "primary staffing arm of the President of the Philippines, responsible for research and other preparations required for the briefing papers used by the President, and for the logistical and other planning work for presidential trips, both domestic and foreign."

— with reports from Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News