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Unjust, vindictive! Baste Duterte slams Marcos for terminating MinDA chair Acosta

Davao City Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte has expressed dismay over what he called an “unjustifiable” and “blatant display of vindictiveness” by the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for the termination of an appointee of his father to a government post.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairperson Maria Belen “Mabel” Acosta stepped down from her post after she was allegedly unceremoniously removed from office.

Acosta, an appointee of former President Rodrigo Duterte, was supposed to end her six-year term as MinDA chairperson in January 2028.

Under Republic Act No. 9996, also known as the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Act of 2010, the agency chairperson shall serve a term of six years from the date of his/her appointment unless removed for cause.
In her recent Facebook post, Acosta said she was not aware why she was replaced since the law was clear and “the law is on my side.”

Marcos appointed Leo Tereso Magno as the new MinDA chairperson, replacing Acosta.

“The lack of transparency of Malacanang and the confusion surrounding her removal is deplorable and deeply concerning,” Mayor Duterte said in a statement.

“The blatant display of vindictiveness by the current administration is deeply troubling and disheartening, as it undermines fundamental principles of fairness and respect for due process,” he stressed.

Duterte said he supports Acosta’s pursuit of “truth” to address her unexpected termination.

He urged the Filipinos “not to condone actions from higher authorities that undermine the integrity and dignity of public service.”

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