Duterte felt infighting affected SSS - Palace

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2018 01:06 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte may have felt that the squabble among officials of the Social Security System (SSS) affected work at the state-run pension fund, which is why he decided to no longer extend the terms of two of its officials.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced Monday that the President will not renew the appointments of SSS Chairman Amado Valdez and Commissioner Jose Gabriel La Viña who had been serving in a holdover capacity.

“Sa tingin ko kaya iyan pinalitan ng presidente eh nakikita niya na mas magiging efficient ang SSS kung walang hidwaan sa board ng SSS,” Roque said in a news conference in Kalinga.

Valdez, a former dean of the University of the East, was appointed by the President last October 2016.

La Viña, meanwhile, was the Duterte campaign’s social media head.

The erstwhile SSS commissioner was behind several complaints against his fellow SSS officials.

He had accused SSS officials Reginald Candelaria and Ernesto Francisco of using information they got from an accredited SSS broker to "profit" from the initial public offerings (IPOs) of 5 companies, instead of recommending them to the Social Security Commission, the policy-making body of the SSS.

La Viña had also filed last month an administrative complaint before the Ombudsman against 21 SSS officials over alleged anomalous media contracts in the last 2 years, saying there seemed to be a “mafia” inside the state-run pension fund.

SSS President and CEO Emmanuel Dooc has rejected La Viña’s allegations.