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Controversial LWUA chief quits post

MALACAÑANG said on Saturday that Acting Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Chairman Rene Villa quit his post last month after President Aquino accepted his resignation.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the statement in an interview with state-run Radyo ng Bayan, where he also announced the resignation of Grace Karen Singson as chief privatization officer of the Privatization and Management Office under the Department of Finance.

Villa, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, was recently embroiled in controversy after it was revealed that he had served as a lawyer for businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the pork-barrel scam.

Asked of Villa’s resignation was connected with the controversy, Coloma said, “It was his personal decision and the President accepted it. He thanked him for his service.”

He said the President would await the recommendation of Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson on the replacement of Villa.

Coloma said Villa’s resignation took effect on November 30.

Villa came under fire after whistle-blowers in the pork-barrel scam claimed that the official, who was then out of public service, received various perks from Napoles when he was her client.

Coloma also announced new presidential appointments, among them, Elizabeth Espino as executive director of the National Parks Development Committee under the Department of Tourism.

The other new appointees are Roberto Almadin, Director IV of the Department of Transportation and Communications, and Aileen Marie Gutierrez as Prosecutor V in Muntinlupa City under the National Prosecution Service, Department of Justice.

 

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