"Last night, I had a heart-to-heart talk with the President and I explained that under the current circumstances, I will be ineffective as a secretary….This is a personal decision between the President and myself, " Yap said.
Could there be more to Yap's resignation than just the tax evasion charges?
Yap happens to be very close to Gloria and Mike Arroyo. He was her student in economics at the Ateneo, and is said to be one of Mike's close friends. Yap is reportedly part of the First Gentleman's circle of amigos that include:
- former DA Undersecretary and now Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) director Jocelyn Bolante
- Pagcor chair Ephraim Genuino
- former NAIA General Manager and now Laguna Lake Development Authority Administrator (LLDA) Edgar Manda