Duterte accepts resignation of DICT Usec. Eliseo Rio Jr.
Marje Pelayo • May 22, 2020 • 284
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte finally accepted the resignation of Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
Rio submitted his resignation to the Office of the President on January 31 due to internal issues within the Department.
“Gusto naman talaga ni Secretary Rio na mag-retire na so hinayaan na ng Pangulo na mag-retire na siya, [It was Secretary Rio’s desire to retire so the President just allowed him to do so]”, confirmed Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Friday (May 22).
In February, the Senate probed on the alleged irregularity in the use of the agency’s confidential funds as claimed by Rio.
MANILA, Philippines – Senate blue ribbon committee chair Senator Richard Gordo said they are likely to recommend charges of graft and corruption, negligence and conspiracy against resigned PNP chief Oscar Albayalde.
Gordon noted the testimony of retired general Rudy Lacadin in the previous Senate hearing which accused Albayalde of benefiting from the drug recycling controversy in Pampanga as among the main factors for the possible lawsuit against the former PNP Chief.
So even after Albayalde relinquished his position, he is not yet off the hook, according to Gordon.
“Neglect of duty, life sentences,” Gordon said.
Senator Bong Go likewise agreed that if Albayalde is found guilty of participation in the drug recycling controversy, he should be held liable in court.
“Kung may ebidensya, managot ang dapat managot (If there is evidence then he who is liable should be sued),” the senator added.
Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson believes that Albayalde no longer has the chance to clear his name because of his resignation.
Gordon believes that the testimony of former police officer Ronald Santos will shed light as to how Albayalde and the 13 ninja cops profited from the seized illegal drugs and from the vehicles used in the operations in 2013.
He considers Santos as the missing link towards the resolution of the case.
The senator said there should be strict monitoring now in the PNP which should include even the replacement of Albayalde in the PNP chief position.
“Ang kinakailangan lang ang magpapatakbo ay mahigpit. Kahit na pulis iyan, kaagad dapat ang mismong pulis, suspended ka na at ang imbestigasyon tapusin kaagad,” Gordon said.
(The chief must have an iron fist. Even if it involves a cop, that police must be suspended and the investigation should be promptly completed.)
Despite the suspension of the Senate session, Gordon said he wants his committee to push through with the inquiry this week.
Lost “moral high ground“
The former PNP chief’s accuser, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, believes the mounting pressure compelled Albayalde to resign and such gesture provided a breather for the institution to move on.
“Sa tingin ko nararamdaman na rin niya ang pressure lalong lalo na sa kaniyang mga subordinates (I think he already felt the pressure especially from his subordinates),” the former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief said.
“Ikaw ba naman, hindi ka na rin gaanong pinapansin, anong mararamdaman mo? (If it were you being ignored, how would you feel?) So you lost the moral high ground to lead. Pinakamabuting gagawin ay mag-resign (The best that you can do is to resign),” Magalong added.
Magalong stressed, however, that what happened to Albayalde should not cause the public to lose trust in the PNP.
“Kokonti lang po yung may kalokohan na iyan (Only a few cops can be considered scalawags),” he said.
“Magtiwala lang tayo sa ating kapulisan, (Let us trust our police force,)” he added.
The former police officer, meanwhile, said he is ready should Albayalde decide to file countercharges against him. MNP (with details from Grace Casin, Nestor Torres, and Grace Doctolero)
MANILA, Philippines – Manila Water Co. Inc. chief operating officer Geodino V. Carpio has resigned from his post, the utility firm announced on Tuesday.
The Ayala-led water distributor said it has accepted Carpio’s resignation but did not explain why he is leaving the company.
Carpio officially steps down from office at the close of business hours on April 16.
Carpio, who served the company for 22 years, was recently visible to the public to explain the water shortage issue that gripped thousands of Manila Water’s clients in March.
Manila Water said that Abelardo Basilio, the current group director for strategic asset management and data protection officer, will replace Carpio as acting COO for Manila Water operations.
Basilio has been working for Manila Water for more than 20 years and previously headed the technical services group, corporate regulatory affairs, and served as group director for east zone business operations. – Robie de Guzman
Former National Anti-Poverty Commission chief Liza Maza
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that with the resignation of leftist Cabinet member Liza Maza from her post as National Anti-Poverty Commission chief, the Left may have missed the chance to show their capability to lead in government and pursue the welfare of the poor.
“It could have been a perfect opportunity for the left to show that they can lead and of course National Anti-Poverty Commission is a very important office of the government,” Roque said.
“The president gave them that opportunity and she decided to leave. Wala namang nagpapaalis sa kaniya (No one made her leave). So I don’t know really why she had to connect the peace talks with her work in the Anti-Poverty Commission,” he added.
In a statement, Maza said she joined the Cabinet in the hopes of facilitating meaningful socioeconomic and political reforms from within the government.
But the President’s decision to terminate peace negotiations with communist rebels has prompted Maza to resign from the Duterte Cabinet.
“His (Duterte) latest pronouncement, however, on finally terminating the talks brings me to the conclusion that these reforms may no longer be possible under the current administration,” she said.
Maza also claimed that she was being left out of Cabinet meetings.
“Oct 2017 pa di nako invited sa Cabinet meetings (I have not been invited to a Cabinet meeting since 2017),” she said. “Hindi ako binibigyan ng invitation (They don’t send me invitations).”
Nevertheless, Harry Roque also acknowledged Maza’s contribution as a government official especially as the survey shows that there is a decrease in the number of Filipinos who experience involuntary hunger.
He said it was also under her leadership that the National Feeding Program was enacted into law, one that definitely would have a positive impact on poverty.
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