PH Commission on Women Chairperson resigns

The chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Women has resigned, the agency confirmed on Wednesday, denying “rumors” she was fired.

The commission in a statement announced that its chairperson, Rhodora Masilang-Bucoy quit her post on Tuesday.

It did not disclose further details, but stressed that it did not issue the advisory received by some members of the media, announcing the sacking of its chairperson and the resignation of three of its commissioners.

However, Commissioner for Media and Arts Noreen Capili earlier confirmed that she had resigned.

Capili in a text message shared parts of her resignation letter, where she said that “recent developments” showed that her principles and stand on key issues “run counter to those of my principals.”

“As the sectoral representative for Media and the Arts, I believe in protecting the rights, freedom and well-being of those in the media. I cannot, in good conscience, continue my work as Commissioner knowing full well that the sector I represent is being attacked and treated unfairly,” she said. She cited ABS-CBN’s shutdown as among the reasons.

The media giant went off air in May following a cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission, since its franchise expired without Congress renewing it. The House of Representatives’ legislative franchise panel has had lengthy discussions on the issues surrounding ABS-CBN’s operations, widely seen as an affront to media freedom.

The PCW is a government agency under the Department of the Interior and Local Government tasked with promoting and protecting women’s rights. It said it has not received any appointment papers from the Office of the President for Masilang-Bucoy’s replacement.

CNN Philippines’ Eimor Santos and Crissy Dimatulac contributed to this report.

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