Trade chief not quitting over low pay, says Palace


Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo: Not quitting Aquino Cabinet over low pay. ( photo)

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang said on Monday Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo is not quitting the Cabinet over the relatively low pay in government.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said all Cabinet officials, including Domingo, were aware that their posts would come with a relatively low pay, compared with those in the private sector.

“The purpose for entering government service is to make a positive difference for the benefit of the people, not to get a high salary. That’s been made very, very clear from the very start, and that is his (Domingo’s) position,” he said in a briefing.

When he joined the Aquino Cabinet in 2010, Domingo “knew what he was getting into,” he added. “He knew what sacrifices were needed to be made and everything that entails. He accepted all of this.”

Lacierda, however, could not say if he was quitting over other reasons.

“It has never been the topic of discussion,” he said when asked if Domingo was quitting for other reasons. “I think there was a column that came out that says he was planning to resign because of the low salary and he was allegedly envious because his salary is lower than his undersecretary’s. That’s not true.”

Domingo was among the first to be appointed by the President to his Cabinet in 2010.

Lacierda said all Cabinet officials served “at the pleasure” of the President. He said that normally officials left government service for “familial reasons.” He could not say if Domingo was among those who committed to serve the Aquino administration for only two years.

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  • $20926843

    Is he jumping ship while there is still time?

    • wetwidewild

       you are right.

      PH changed policy to rearm Japan to counter China. Anyone sees the danger of the provocative behaviour will jump the ship before too late.

      • batangpaslit

        gagaling ng mga analysis ninyo ah…

    • batangpaslit

      oh…how alarming, eh? you mean, sinking vessel na ang RPS Philippines?

  • wetwidewild

    the current govt policy toward China will make PH economically delayed for at least five years.

    • dominator1

      Your post is pro China.. So what do you want to do just kiss China’s a$$? Or maybe you just want the Philippine government to surrender Pag-Asa and Scarborough? Your a Chinese d0g!

      • wetwidewild

         what surrender ?
         PH never claimed the shoal legally.
         the shoal has never been a part of PH.
        get your fact correct.

  • Marshall

    may kinalaman kaya si Jihan dito ?

    • EdgarEdgar

      I think you might be referring to the LTFRBC Chief James Jacob.

    • batangpaslit

      bakit….ano ang connection? paki tsismiz naman….hehehe

  • regd

    I’m guessing no chance for any kickbacks perhaps?

    • batangpaslit

      Tsong, are you saying lahat ng mga Cabinet officials sa old homeland earns their living from kickbacks?

  • EdgarEdgar

    Let us give credit to whom credit is due. DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo, like the former NEDA Chief Paderanga, refused to toe the line and dance to the administration’s music. When the 7.1% GDP figure for Q3-2012 was released, Sec. Domingo was interviewed off the cuff and he spoke honestly by attributing the higher GDP figure to the low base where our economy came from in 2011. Simply put, Sec. Domingo was not one to play along and play up numbers in support of rosy state propaganda. The former NEDA Chief Paderanga was also averse to play ball and play up the numbers. For being honest and bursting the bubble, it is better for Sec.Gregory Domingo to move on rather than join in this public deception perpetrated by the state.

    For having the courage to speak out and speak the truth, you have our utmost respect Sec. Domingo.  

    • wetwidewild

      For having the courage to speak out and speak the truth, you have my utmost respect too, Edgar.

      • EdgarEdgar

        Thank you Sir.

    • batangpaslit

      very enlightening info. so, tutuo pala ang duda ko na merong deception ang mga press releases ng Malacanang Palace mouth by presidential men and women?
      talaga naman ano ha…puro lokohan lang pala ang governance sa lupang tinubuan.

      kung tutuo na umangat ang economy ng Pilipinas, dapat maramdaman ng grassroots. bagkus tumaas pa yata ang mga utility bills eh

  • wetwidewild

    basically, the 7% is inflated.

    about 25% of 7% growth comes from construction sector. that is unusually high. most countries,including US, construction sector is 4% of gdp.

    therefore, taking out construction part, the real gdp is only about 5%.

  • Fulpol

    Del Rosario of DFA has the highest salary while Singson of DPWH comes second…

    if you talk to DTI employees, they will say, “how can we earn more money?”.. no source of additional funds where bonuses, incentives can be given because programs are only limited in administration, paper works… even bribery can’t happen..

    Domingo has no chance to earn more money in DTI.. in the first place he is not the favorite of BS Aquino III because his department is not a priority..

    there is nothing to trade in the Philippines except human resource like OFWs, Mindanao for Bangsamoro, RH Bill for pork barrel, and Trillanes for China.. those are out of the business line of DTI.. unluckily..

    • mamer2

      How much is “highest salary”..?

      How much is “second”..?

    • batangpaslit

      are you saying the salary of Cabinet Secretary are not of the same rate?


    Give this guy a break! Let him be where he is happy.

    • batangpaslit

      happy sia sa private sector? ano ba ang dati niang gawain?

  • mamer2

    GUESS…, what made him change his mind..?

    • batangpaslit

      sirit Bro, am out of the loop, eh

  • novaliches

    Tama si Domingo, galing talaga sa low base yung growth natin, kung baga parang sari-sari store P500 ang benta tapos nag-increase ng P100, bale 20% ka-agad, pero ang grocery store P10,000 average na benta,  nag-increase ng P1,000, pero 10% lang yun.  ang buong stock market transaction sa pinas, pwede i-compare sa isang average stock lang sa US.

    • batangpaslit

      brilliant analogy

  • Jimmy

    Kung yong mga congressmen na halos walang ginagawa ay may milyon milyong kurakot eh binibigyan pa ng milyon milyong pork barrel, eh bakit naman hindi nyo taasan ng kaunti ang sweldo ng isang cabinet official..!!!  Tumbasan nyo naman ng fair incentive ang isang nagsasakripisyong cabinet member!!!!

    • batangpaslit

      Jim, banat….hala bira

  • boybakal

    Trade chief not quitting over LOW PAY, says Palace….

    Why can’t they give High Salary to these Cabinet Officials.
    Imagine the gov’t is raking HIGH RATING but LOW PAY….is really unfair.

  • disqusted0fu

    maybe the reason why he is quitting is because he thought he knew what he was getting into, but then it turned out to be a lot different. and that must be what some of us also feel because of the promises and rhetoric of the president. we also thought we knew what we were getting into as he got elected to be our president, but after 3 years and counting, we are realizing that we are wrong.

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