Duterte claims asking Salalima to resign: Maraming nagrereklamong partial siya sa Globe
President Rodrigo Duterte has claimed asking Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Arthur Salalima to resign, contrary to his statement that he quit because he couldn’t stand the pressure he was subjected to.
In an interview aired over state-run PTV-4 Thursday (September 28), Duterte said there had been rumors swirling about Salalima’s supposed bias for his former employer, Globe Telecoms.
“Actually he lied, because days before sa Cabinet meeting, I’m sorry kilala ko siya, I’m not saying corrupt siya, pero days before ganito ang nangyari: ang mga ibang, gusto ko kasing buksan itong telecom para maraming maging mas mura. Iyong sa kanya, maraming nagrereklamo sa akin na parang partial siya kasi vice president siya ng Globe eh, pero alam ko iyon,” he said.
“Maraming complaint kaya binulungan ko, ‘Sabihin mo na lang kay Rudy, mag-resign siya,” he added.
Salalamia, who’s Duterte’s school mate from the San Beda College of Law, was formerly Globe’s Senior Vice President for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs.
Aside from favoring Globe, Duterte said Salalima sat on plans to allow foreign telcos to enter the country.
“Hindi ko naman sinasabi na may pinoprotektahan siya pero iba yung mga giant telecommunications ng China, Singapore, wala siyang aksyon,” he said.
Politiko has reported that Salalima was prompted to resign due to intense lobbying from Chinese firms and administration allies in connection with the NBN project.
He told DICT employees in a speech on September 22 that “corruption and interference” were his main reasons for resigning but did not elaborate.