By Leslie Ann Aquino
Senior officials of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), its Bureaus and attached agencies are standing by Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
The show of support was expressed despite the allegations against the labor chief.
“We, the undersigned….pledge our whole hearted and unwavering support to the Honorable Secretary Silvestre Bello III,” read the manifesto.
“We have faith in his commitment to serve the public pursuant to the mandate of the department,” it further read.
In the manifesto, the concerned officials said they lend full and credence in Bello’s leadership and integrity despite the malicious imputations against his person and honor.
“We are witness to his firm resolve to implement the programs and policies of President Rodrigo Duterte in uplifting the lives of our workers, especially the Overseas Filipino workers and the underprivileged in our country,” it read.
The senior officials stressed that they expressed the said sentiment “freely and voluntarily” without any mental reservation.
The manifesto dated July 26 was signed by Undersecretaries Claro Arellano, Ciriqco Lagunzad, Joel Maglunsod, Renato Ebarle among others.
It was released on the day licensed recruitment and manpower and recruitment agencies and recruitment industry associations in the Philippines also expressed their support to the embattled Labor chief.
Last week, an owner of a recruitment agency accused Bello of corruption which the latter denied.
Bello even challenged his detractors to go to court if they have evidence against him.