Vic Rodriguez confirms ‘complete exit’ from Marcos admin

Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez dismisses rumors on a P100-million bribe for an appointment to a government post

Former Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez. | PHOTO: Atty. Vic Rodriguez’s Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines — Lawyer Victor Rodriguez on Wednesday confirmed that he has “completely exited” the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos after resigning as Executive Secretary last month, saying he wishes to spend time with his family.

Rodriguez said he talked to the President “at length” about his decision to leave government service, a move he “happily made.”

“I confirm that I have completely exited the administration of President Bongbong Marcos, after having spoken to him at length about my wish to spend most of my time with my family…a very personal decision that was happily made,” he said in a Facebook post.

Rodriguez reasoned that his communications with the President were “absolutely privileged” hence his silence about his resignation.

“I have been ridiculed, maligned and subjected to baseless and unfair commentaries on all conceivable platforms, but I take solace in the legal aphorism, ‘Men in public life may suffer under a hostile or unjust accusation; the wound can be assuaged with the balm of a clear conscience’,” he said.

He said it was an honor to serve the country and will continue to do so as a private individual.

In announcing his resignation as Executive Secretary last month, Rodriguez said he would continue to serve as the Presidential Chief of Staff.

According to Malacañang, Administrative Order No. 1 has been signed by the President, creating the post of presidential chief of staff.

However, this order has since not been released to the public.

Rodriguez’s successor, newly sworn-in Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, revealed that the former is no longer part of the Marcos administration after resigning his post.

Bersamin added that no administrative order had been issued appointing Rodriguez as the President’s chief of staff.

Before stepping down, Rodriguez was embroiled in the sugar importation controversy over his role in an “illegal” order to import 300,000 metric tons of sugar.

In July, Rodriguez’s name was also floated in connection with an alleged scheme that offered a plum government position for P100 million to a potential appointee with the backing of a religious group.

He denied the allegation to reporters saying: “We cannot be held to explain something that is unverifiable or plain rumor.”

Before coming to Malacañang, Rodriguez, 48, was Marcos’s longtime chief of staff and spokesperson.