Duterte accepts resignation of DICT's Rio
This undated photo shows resigned DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr.
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Duterte accepts resignation of DICT's Rio

Bella Perez-Rubio (Philstar.com) - May 22, 2020 - 10:04am

MANILA, Philippines — After four months, President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. 

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



The undersecretary tendered his resignation in a letter dated January 30. In February, Rio raised concerns over an anomalous P300 million in confidential funds disbursed by the DICT.

However, Rio and DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan later said in a joint statement that the issue over the confidential funds was settled. They further clarified that the confidential expense was only used for the lawful monitoring and surveillance of systems and network infrastructure. 

Rio led the effort to establish a third major communications player in the country. He was a former Army general who headed the Armed Forces of the Philippines' communications, electronic and information systems until the 2000. He also served as the chief of the National Telecommunications Commission until 2002.

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LATEST UPDATE: November 14, 2020 - 7:47pm

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Office of the President has not received resignation letters from Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello.

President Rodrigo Duterte will fire Aguirre this week, according to sources, as the chief executive was unhappy with the dismissal of raps against alleged drug lords.

November 14, 2020 - 7:47pm

President Rodrigo Duterte defends his move to appoint Debold Sinas as the head of the Philippine National Police amid charges over his birthday mañanita held despite a ban on mass gatherings.

"At kung may kasalanan siya doon, pardoned na siya," says Duterte in a recorded message aired Saturday.

May 22, 2020 - 9:15am

Office of the Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima has been relieved from his post effective immediately.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque confirms this development, citing loss of trust and confidence.

May 22, 2020 - 8:51am

President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio.

According to a report from News5, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed this but did not provide any further details. 



April 18, 2020 - 3:04pm

The Palace extends gratitude to former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia for his valuable contribution to the Philippine economy.

"Sec. Pernia formed part of the President's Economic Team which steered the country's strongest economic growth since the mid -1970s," says presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

"We expect Acting NEDA Director-General Karl Kendrick Chua who is set to assume office next week to continue the economic momentum set by his predecessor, who is also a former colleague in the UP School of Economics; and work in close coordination with the other members of PRRD's economic managers, to prepare the Philippines for a new normal and mitigate the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," he adds.

April 17, 2020 - 3:29pm

Ernesto Pernia, Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority, resigns from his post.

Pernia cites "personal reasons" and "differences in development philosophy" with some of his fellow Cabinet members upon stepping down.

"I would like to thank the president for appointing me to the position. It has been an honor and privilehe to have served the country under his administration for the past nearly four years," Pernia says in a statement.

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