BuCor deputy director quits post

Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 06 2017 12:14 PM | Updated as of Jan 06 2017 01:50 PM

Chief Superintendent Rolando Asuncion. File Photo

MANILA - The Bureau of Corrections' (BuCor) deputy director for operations quit his post Friday, five months into his job.

Chief Superintendent Rolando Asuncion told ABS-CBN News that his resignation, which is effective immediately, was to give newly-appointed BuCor Director General Benjamin delos Santos a free hand in choosing his own people to help him run the agency hit by allegations of corruption.

"I submitted my resignation yesterday with immediate effect," Asuncion said.

He added that "work-related issues" also forced him to tender his resignation.

Asuncion served as BuCor officer-in-charge (OIC) for five months, until BuCor Director General Benjamin delos Santos' appointment in November 2016.

A former police general, Asuncion was supposed to serve next to retired Philippine Marine Corps General Alexander Balutan, who was handpicked by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the BuCor.

However, Balutan was assigned to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).