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Pinagyabang pa kasi! Duterte: Salalima’s praise release for Globe got him fired

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President Rodrigo Duterte asked Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima to resign, contrary to the latter’s claim that he quit due to “corruption and interference.”

Duterte gave more details on why he asked Salalima to quit when he had dinner this week with select opinion writers at Malacañang.

Citing information from Duterte, Philippine Star columnist Boo Chanco wrote on October 6 that Salalima made the “fatal mistake” of praising his career with Globe Telecom in a speech.

Salalima served as Globe Telecom’s chief legal counsel for several years before retiring and becoming the first DICT chief.

Duterte said he got wind of Salalima’s speech and after verifying it, asked his batch mate from the San Beda College of Law to resign.

While the President was aware of Salalima’s connections with Globe, he said the DICT chief “shouldn’t have flaunted it.”

“He said he didn’t like that Salalima gave the impression his administration was captive to the business interests of the Ayalas,” Chanco recalled Duterte as saying.

Politiko, however, reported that Salalima was forced to resign due to intense lobbying from Chinese firms and Duterte’s allies in connection with the government’s proposed P77.9-billion national broadband network project.