Speaker receives Singson's resignation letter

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MANILA -- Ronald Singson will no longer be the representative of the first district of Ilocos Sur after his resignation letter was submitted by his lawyers to House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Tuesday.

"I am resigning, Your Honor, not because I am succumbing to the pressure of the noisy among few honorable colleagues; rather, my resignation is a fulfillment of my promise to my father who had all the right, who had all the right to make the first and loudest protest because it was his name and honor that was mercilessly dragged into the tempest of my own undoing," Singson said in a letter.

According to the Speaker's office, the letter was received at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, just hours after Ronald's father, Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit, said the resignation letter of his son will likely be submitted by Friday this week.

Singson also said in his resignation letter: "True to Filipino tradition, my father, my family, stood firm as a pillar of support and never left me to languish in misery alone. This unfortunate episode, a product of misjudgment and naiveté on my part, reminds me of the maxim: A friend in need is a friend indeed. For it is in uncertain times like these that the true worth of friends is measure, not at the peak of power, influence or wealth."

Singson, a two-term lawmaker, also expressed gratitude to his colleagues who assured him of continued friendship despite his conviction on the drug trafficking charges filed against him in Hong Kong.

"Finally, I am tendering my resignation as a congressman for the sake of my countrymen, the Filipino people, especially my constituents in the first district of Ilocos Sur, who look up to the members of Congress with respect bordering on adulation, and with undying hope for truly honorable legislators as exemplars of the highest standards of behavior," he said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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