LTO chief retires by the end of October-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
CONTROVERSIAL Land Transportation Office chief Virginia Torres on Monday said she is leaving the government by the end of the month, amid speculations she was fired by President Benigno Aquino III.
But Torres belied claims of her firing, saying she is retiring after 33 years of government service.
"I am retiring after 33 years of service," she told DZRH radio in Filipino.
She said she had no regrets, adding she "had given my best" and that she would step down with her head held high.
But Torres belied speculations she was close to Aquino because she was one of his firing range buddies.
"I am not his firing range buddy," she said in the vernacular.
But she also said she was thankful she had a chance to become a head of an agency after starting there as a casual employee.
"This could be the first time an employee rose to the ranks in this agency," Torres also said.
Torres said she would advise her successor to respect the LTO employees.
A newspaper report on Monday said Torres was asked by the President to file her resignation.
The Manila Times said Aquino supposedly told Torres to submit her resignation, citing "threats to her life." (JK/Sunnex)