Neri confirms Inquirer newspaper report he’s moving to ChEd
SOCIOECONOMIC Planning Secretary Romulo Neri on Saturday confirmed a report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper that he was being temporarily moved to the Commission on Higher Education (ChEd).
In its Saturday issue, the Inquirer newspaper (parent company of this website), had quoted an unnamed congressional source as saying that Neri was being transferred to ChEd.
“Yes, that’s true,” Neri said in a mobile phone text message to INQUIRER.net when asked to confirm the newspaper’s report.
Asked why he was assigned to ChEd instead of the Bureau of Internal Revenue or the Department of Budget and Management, Neri replied that that he was also an educator and had been teaching since 1970.
On Friday, Neri had confirmed he was moving out of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) “temporarily” but would not say what his new assignment would be.
Malacañang itself remained tight-lipped Saturday on Neri’s transfer.
“I have not received any official papers as my basis for making any announcement,” Palace spokesman, Ignacio Bunye said.
Neri’s pull out from NEDA and reassignment to ChEd comes after a shakeup in President Gloria Macaagal-Arroyo’s official family with the resignation of Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla.
Lotilla was replaced by Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes. The Environment protfolio was given to former Manila mayor Jose “Lito” Atienza.