Former executive secretary Vic Rodriguez on Wednesday confirmed he was no longer part of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s administration.

In a statement, Rodriguez cited the same family concerns he mentioned when he first announced his resignation as executive secretary.

“I confirm that I have completely exited the administration of President Bongbong Marcos, after having spoken to him at length about my wish to spend most of my time with my family…a very personal decision that was happily made,” Rodriguez said.

He issued the statement a day after newly appointed Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin revealed Rodriguez was no longer part of Malacañang.

“As for my continued silence on matters related to my previous position as the executive secretary, the fundamental reason for this is the fact that all communications that have transpired between the president and myself are absolutely privileged, something which I shall continue to honor in full recognition of and respect to both the Office of the President and the Office of the Executive Secretary,” Rodriguez said.

“I have been ridiculed, maligned and subjected to baseless and unfair commentaries on all conceivable platforms, but I take solace in the legal aphorism, ‘Men in public life may suffer under a hostile or unjust accusation; the wound can be assuaged with the balm of a clear conscience,'” he added.

Resigned press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles earlier said Marcos Jr. appointed Rodriguez as his presidential chief of staff, a new position created by Administrative Order No. 1.

But Administrative Order No. 1 was nonexistent, Bersamin said.

“It has been an honor to have served the country. Ako po ay magpapatuloy maglingkod bilang pribadong mamamayan sa abot ng aking munting kakayanan. Atin pong suportahan si Pangulong Bongbong Marcos at ang ating bansang Pilipinas,” Rodriguez said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro