Pres. Duterte Terminated the Civil Defense Deputy Chief Purisima

President Rodrigo Duterte terminated the government’s disaster response office deputy chief. Due to his “loss of trust and confidence,” said spokesman Roque on Friday.

President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 11, 2020. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo
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According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the Office of Civil Defense Deputy Administrator Kristoffer James Purisima, who holds the rank of assistant secretary, was removed from his post effective Friday.

Based on the statement of Roque, he said, “The Palace confirms that Office of the Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima has been relieved from his post effective immediately due to loss of trust and confidence.”

In addition, the Office of Civil Defense OCD is the implementing arm of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or NDRRMC. Purisima’s functions included managing the impact of calamities.

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