Duterte says he asked Salalima to resign

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2017 09:31 PM

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said he had asked Rodolfo Salalima to quit his post at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

The President said that while he believes Salalima was not corrupt, he decided to ask his classmate at San Beda law school to resign after receiving reports that the latter had been partial in his dealings.

“Iyung sa kanya, maraming nag-reklamo sa akin na parang partial siya kasi vice president siya ng Globe eh pero alam ko yun,” Duterte said in an interview with PTV4’s Erwin Tulfo, a preview of which aired on the state-run channel on Thursday evening.

“Maraming complaint, kaya binulungan ko, sabihin mo nalang kay Rudy, magresign siya.”

According to the President, Salalima, a former Globe Telecoms executive, apparently sat on proposals to break the telecommunications duopoly in the country.

“It seems to me na he was favoring a company, tapos hindi nga makapasok [ang ibang telecommunications companies], ang gusto ko nga maging mura,” he said.

Duterte has said on several occasions that he wants to open the telecommunications industry to foreign players, acknowledging the costly yet poor service of local telecommunications firms.

Duterte last week confirmed Salalima's resignation, saying it was done "out of delicadeza."

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella had said in a statement that Salalima cited personal and work-related reasons in filing his resignation.

Salalima would later say that he resigned because of corruption and interference in his work.

Duterte, however, said Salalima never told to him about such pressure or corruption in the DICT.

“For all the time, wala naman siyang sinasabi na may korapsyon. Wala, wala talaga. After a meeting, uwi na kami, ganon,” he said.