Palace tells Dev’t Academy of PH chief to vacate post

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 20 2017 01:58 PM

Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) President Elba Cruz. Photo from the DAP website

MANILA - Malacañang has asked Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) President Elba Cruz to vacate her post.

In a letter signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea released by Malacañang Wednesday, Cruz was asked to vacate her post as her term as DAP chief already expired on June 30.

“Considering that your term of office expired on 30 June 2017 and that you have been serving DAP in a holdover capacity, we now wish to inform you that, upon the instructions of the President, your service in such holdover status is hereby discontinued effective immediately," Medialdea told Cruz.

Cruz was appointed to her post last March 14, 2017.

Medialdea told Cruz to vacate her post amid allegations from DAP employees that she was mismanaging the institution and taking monthly trips abroad.

The DAP Personnel Association, which had sought Cruz's removal, welcomed the Palace decision, saying it was the "best Christmas gift."

Earlier, Duterte fired Philippine Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) chair Terry Ridon and other top officials over unnecessary travels.