Duterte sacks OCD exec for lack of trust

Rodrigo Roa Duterte and  Kristoffer "Toby" Purisima
Duterte and Purisima

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has removed from post an official of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) for "lack of trust and confidence," Presidential Spokesperson

Harry Roque said Friday.

Roque identified the official as Assistant Secretary Kristoffer "Toby" Purisima.

"Meron pong announcement na tinanggal po sa puwesto si Assistant Secretary Kristoffer 'Toby' Purisima for lack of trust and confidence," he said without elaborating on the exact reason for Purisima's removal from office.

Roque said as part of OCD, Purisima, who was the office's deputy administrator, was involved in the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Ang OCD po siyempre nasa ilalim din yan ng DND (Department of National Defense). Yan po ay kabahagi ng response natin sa mga crisis. Yung opisina po niya ay at the forefront in providing assistance kung merong calamity. At meron rin pong papel yung opisina niya dito sa COVID-19 [issue] dahil kabahagi ito ng government response," Roque added.

Roque said Duterte has yet to pick a replacement for Purisima.

The OCD has yet to comment on the reason why Purisima was removed from his post.

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Duterte has also accepted the resignation of Department of Information and Communications Technology Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr., presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday.

"The Palace thanks Usec. Rio for his invaluable services to the nation and we wish him well in all his future endeavors," Roque said in a statement.

Rio filed his resignation last February after he was allegedy kept out of the loop over how DICT spent P300 million in confidential funds.

In March, Rio said Duterte did not accept his resignation.