MANILA, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government on Monday dismissed as "untrue" reports that Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario was thinking of resigning because recent events had demoralized him.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a statement that del Rosario's activities these last few days, as well as his schedule this week would bear out that the Cabinet official has no resignation plans.
"As far as I know, that's not true. In fact, Secretary del Rosario was with the President yesterday in Brunei and he is now on his way to Washington in his capacity as Secretary of Foreign Affairs. How can that be a sign of demoralization if he continues to perform his functions and responsibilities as Secretary of Foreign Affairs?" Lacierda asked.
He added that del Rosario was going to New York City to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
Quoting a "highly-placed Presidential Palace source," ABS- CBNnews.com reported that the backchanneling efforts of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV had demoralized del Rosario to the point of contemplating resignation.