MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Licuanan on Monday confirmed that Malacañang asked her to no longer attend Cabinet meetings.
"On Sunday, December 4, I received a text message from Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr. relaying President Rodrigo Duterte's instructions to stop attending Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5, 2 PMm" Licuanan said in a statement.
Licuanan, however, said that she will remain in her post despite being barred from attending Cabinet meetings.
"I assured Sec. Evasco that I would comply. In the meantime, I will continue my work as Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education," the CHED chief said.
Licuanan, an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III, is serving a fixed term until 2018.
On Sunday, Vice President Leni Robredo also received a text message from Evasco ordering her to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings.
This prompted the vice president to resign from her post as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council secretary.
“This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016,” Robredo said in a statement.
Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said that Duterte ordered Robredo to stop attending Cabinet meetings due to "irreconcilable differences."