Malacanang wished resigned Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino as President Benigno S. Aquino III acknowledged his decision to withdraw from the LIberal Party senatorial lineup.
Earlier, MMDA chairperson Francis Tolentino resigned from his post as MMDA chief on Wednesday to prepare to run for higher office in next year’s elections.
In a statement, President Aquino said that Tolentino has “accepted responsibility” for the recent incident connected to him.
“I believe that Chairman Tolentino is doing his part to ensure that public debate truly focuses on the continuation of Daang Matuwid and the undeniable benefits it has brought to our Bosses,” President Aquino said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda in press briefing asked the public not to make the incident a “defining moment” for Tolentino.
“We acknowledge the decision taken by Chair Francis Tolentino. He could have insisted but he chose to withdraw his name from the slate. Like I said, the event in Laguna should not define Chair Francis Tolentino. Marami po ang kanyang nai-ambag sa ating pamahalaan, sa ating kababayan… So, we wish him well… kung ano man ang desisyon niya,” said Lacierda.
It was reported on Wednesday that labor groups have lodged a complaint before the Ombudsman against Tolentino, saying he has violated the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and the Magna Carta for Women, for allegedly hiring an all-female group who performed a sexually explicit dance routine simulating various sexual acts during the birthday party of Laguna Representative Benjamin Agarao. Roxas attended the event to lead the oath-taking of new LP members. Minors were also present during the occasion.