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Perete functions will be distributed

Alvin Murcia

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said the functions left behind by resigned Justice Undersecretary and spokesperson Markk Perete will be reassigned to other Department of Justice (DoJ) officials.

Guevarra said that although Perete made no recommendations as to his replacement, he will handle the distribution of functions himself.

“No, I’ll handle that myself. For now, I’ll reassign his duties and responsibilities to other DoJ officials,” Guevarra said.

Perete, who is also the department’s spokesperson, cited personal and serious reasons for his resignation effective last Thursday.

“After much thought, I have decided to submit my resignation from the DoJ effective today due to serious reasons,” he said in a message to reporters.

“My reasons are very personal and I humbly request for everyone’s understanding. Thank you,” he added.

He said the other day that the decision and the reason for it are very personal. “I would have liked to continue under Secretary Guevarra’s leadership but it would be a disservice to do so at this time,” he said.

Appointed DoJ spokesperson by Guevarra in November 2018, Perete graduated from UP College of Law in 2006.

Before his stint with the DoJ, Perete was technical assistant at the Office of the President with the rank of assistant secretary for the legal affairs.

Meanwhile, Guevarra Thursday urged the public to respect the privacy of former Undersecretary Markk Perete in his decision to resign from his post.

“As these reasons were very personal, the least that we could do for him is to respect his privacy and wish him well,” said the secretary.

Guevarra declined to disclose the reasons for the resignation of his undersecretary.

“As a presidential appointee, Undersecretary Markk Perete tendered his resignation to the President today,” he said.

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