MANILA -- Former Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza displayed professionalism when he resigned and apologized for the alleged corruption committed by his two subordinates, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday.
"He is a friend from way back in the mid '80s. We worked beautifully with each other. He showed high professionalism by taking the fall for the mistakes of his people," Lorenzana added.
In the military, he said, this is called "command responsibility", which is defined as "the commander is responsible for whatever his unit does or fails to do."
The defense chief said the trait is truly admirable for a great leader and patriot.
When asked to comment on reports that outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. would replace Dureza at the helm of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, he said, "Bago yan (That's new). I have not heard of that. But if (it's) true, I would strongly endorse him.” (PNA)