OCD respects PRRD decision on exec's relief

MANILA – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said it respects the decision of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to fire one of its officials.

"All of the President's appointees serve at his pleasure. OCD respects and submits to the decision of the President," OCD spokesperson Mark Cashean Timbal said in a message to the Philippine News Agency on Friday.

Duterte relieved OCD deputy administrator, Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima.

Timbal said he is still to see the former OCD official.

"I haven't seen (him) yet," Timbal said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President fired Purisima due to a “lack of trust and confidence”. (PNA)

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