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KWF commissioner resigns from post

MJ Blancaflor

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For the third time, multi-awarded poet and screenwriter Jerry Gracio has resigned from his post as commissioner for Samar-Leyte languages at the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), saying he cannot serve a “fascist government even on a holdover capacity.”

Gracio, a senior writer of ABS-CBN, tendered his resignation to President Rodrigo Duterte through KWF’s officer-in-charge Arthur Casanova.

Gracio has earlier resigned from the post twice — when President Duterte won the 2016 elections and earlier this year.

“I’m only forced to fulfill my role because you have not appointed a replacement,” he said in a tweet on Monday accompanied by a photo of his resignation letter. “As a writer, I cannot serve an administration that does not value human rights and free speech, and blatantly furthers fascism.

Malacañang, meantime, shrugged off Gracio’s remarks, saying that stepping down from his post is his prerogative.

“That’s his prerogative and that’s his opinion. We let it be,” Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.

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