Atienza quits DENR to push Manila comeback

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr. announced his resignation from the Cabinet. This is to focus on his bid to reclaim the top post in Manila.

Atienza also challenged other government officials running for elective posts, including senators, to quit out of “delicadeza”. He further adds that he was relinquishing his post despite a recent Supreme Court ruling, saying government officials seeking elective posts did not need to resign.

Atienza, who served as environment secretary for two years and five months, said he told President Macapagal-Arroyo about his plan to resign some two weeks ago.

Atienza, incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim and former Philippine National Police chief Gen. Avelino Razon are running for mayor of Manila in next year’s election. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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