Duterte campaign spokesman out of NIA

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s former campaign spokesman Peter Tiu Laviña has resigned as administrator of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) amid allegations of corruption.

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“NIA Administrator Peter Laviña has tendered his resignation amidst attempts to vilify, discredit and malign him and to spare the President from any embarrassment due to these attempts,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters, quoting a statement from Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr.

The Palace official denied reports Duterte told labor groups on Monday evening that he had fired Laviña, a former journalist and councilor of Davao City.

Abella said Laviña’s resignation was a “proactive action on his part.”

“Let’s go by what was stated – he tendered his resignation…It was not mentioned that he was sacked,” Abella said.

Duterte appointed Laviña as NIA head in November last year. Before his stint as campaign and transition committee spokesman, Laviña worked as special assistant to then Davao City mayor Duterte.

In a speech on February 24, Duterte hinted that he had fired somebody from the government, but did not mention any name.

“When I said, there will be no corruption, there will be no corruption. As a matter of fact, I fired last night, someone from Davao, for simply making a remark about a…and I told him, ‘Even a whiff of corruption, I will really remove you.’ I am doing my part,” the President said.

In a Facebook post, Laviña said he “quietly left the government” amid rumors he had asked money from NIA contractors, which he denied.

“I have been vilified in the past; my name used, abused and maligned. Recently, there had been efforts to discredit me again. There are rumors circulating that I have asked money from NIA contractors. These are not true!” Laviña said.

Jose Sony Matula, president of the Federation of Free Workers, said Duterte disclosed his removal of Laviña as NIA administrator before the start of the president’s meeting with labor leaders on Monday.

Matula said Duterte removed Laviña after obtaining information that the former campaign spokesman had forced contractors of various NIA projects to allot 40 percent of contract prices to kickbacks.

NELSON S. BADILLA

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  1. ‘Even a whiff of corruption, I will really remove you.’ I am doing my part,” the President said.
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    What about the other 117 congressional pork barrel thieves on the Napoles list that have not been charged ?

    There’s more than a whiff of corruption there more like a huge steaming pile of corruption that the law enforcement agencies for some reason are forgetting about.

    Corruption will never stop until the government starts charging the senators and house members for stealing billions.

  2. Wala pang isang taon may issue na ang gobyernong ito sa corruption, your Fired “KUNO” para hindi halatang nangungurakot mismo and MAY SAPAK SA ULO NA PRESIDENTE” Ambot saimo Digong, walang dereksyon ang Pilipinas sa pamumuno mo Bagsak ang PESO, TAAS NG BILIHIN, LAGANAP ANG PATAYAN, SOBRANG TRAFFIC ano PA????? ano kaya ang ilalatag mo sa State of the Nation mo???? ANG PAgpapalaya mo sa mga MAgnanakaw Katulad ni Gloria ARROYO, ang pagpapalataya mo sa mga KREMINAL, Ang pagpapalibing mo sa isang Diktador??? MAY GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY , HAVE MERCY ON US ….

    • Carmela this is not the site for idiots …. Make your statements in a proper way … the readers and commenters here are no gutter minded individuals who post gutter languages… Don’t make this site like a PDI Tabloid. This is just a reminder to you.

    • One guy resigns and that make Duterte a corruption fighter.

      Reminds me of Aquino who had De Lima charge 3 opposition senators from the Napoles list and protected the other 117 on the list.

      Mr corruption fighter haha

  3. Yan ang Presidente, kahit sino basta may bahid ng corruption, sinisibak. E si Panot? Ano ginawa nya kina Abaya – DOTC -MRT, Purisima – PNP WERFAST, Honrado – NAIA tanim bala at black out, SOLIMAN – DSWD expired rice, LINA – CUSTOMS missing containers???? lahat pinagtakpan at pinabayaan. Ngayon kung makasita akala mo mahusay na presidente