Pakialamera na, pasaway pa! Duterte explains why Usec Valdez was axed
Office of the Cabinet Secretary Undersecretary Maia Chiara Halmen Valdez was fired because she defied National Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino’s order to stop the rice importation scheme.
Facing reporters in Davao City Monday (April 10) before his trip to the Middle East, Duterte said Valdez bypassed his authority when she issued orders for extending the rice importation scheme without getting his approval.
Valdez bypassed the Office of the President when she issued orders which she acted on the extention of the rice importation without getting the final approval of the President.
“The higher office is really the Office of the President. Okay? It never reached my desk. I was not put on notice…,” he said.
Duterte said Valdez also overruled Aquino by ordering the importation of rice to proceed.
“They overruled Jason, allowed the importation, and ito ‘yung babaeng si Valdez signed, approved the importation,” he said.
Duterte reminded Valdez that her powers were only recommendatory.
“Alam mo hindi ‘yan inyo. When it is Office of the President, you meet there and make the recommendation, I will decide to grant or disapprove it, the appeal,” he said.
“And the protocol, the procedure, the official procedure should be isauli mo sa akin ‘yan with the recommendation then I will sign it,” Duterte added.