- Chairperson Patricia Licuanan of CHED said that she will comply on President’s order but won’t resign
- Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr. confirmed that he was tasked to relay the instruction to Vice President Robredo and Chair to desist from attending the Cabinet meetings
- Earlier in June, President Duterte had plan to replace Licuanan by appointing Jose David Lapuz, a former professor at the Lyceum of the Philippines, as CHED’s chair
“I will comply on the President’s order but I won’t resign because there is a lot of work to do at CHED.”
Chairperson Patricia Licuanan of Commission on Higher Education issued this statement on Monday, December 5 following a received text message coming from Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr. on Sunday, December 4 asking her “to refrain from attending Cabinet meetings on order by the President,” as disclosed in a Rappler report.
Refused to give a copy of the text message sent to her, Licuanan corroborated that a “similar text message” was also sent to Vice President Leni Robredo who has already tender her resignation effective December 5 as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
Licuanan, in an interview with media, has assured Sec. Evasco that she would comply with the instruction of the President, “but in the meantime, I will continue my work as Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education as there is a lot of work to do.”
Meanwhile, Evasco later confirmed that he was tasked to relay the instruction to Vice President Robredo and Chair Licuanan to desist from attending the Cabinet meetings, citing “irreconcilable differences” with the President as the reason.
As an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III, Licuanan’s term as CHED chairperson will end in 2018 as mandated under Republic Act No. 7722 or the Higher Education Act of 1994 stating the four-year fixed term for the CHED chair and other four commissioners, without prejudiced to one reappointment.
Earlier in June, President Duterte had plan to replace Licuanan by appointing Jose David Lapuz, a former professor at the Lyceum of the Philippines, as CHED’s chair but it was objected by the CHED officials due to Lapuz’s lack of qualification.