‘Vilification campaign’ at agency, big-budget requests cost SSS exec’s term: Roque

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2018 05:59 PM | Updated as of Feb 18 2018 06:03 PM

The term of Social Securities System (SSS) commissioner Jose Gabriel La Viña was not extended after he repeatedly requested for millions for "social media" and advertising projects, and for embarking on a "vilification campaign," a Palace official said Saturday.

La Viña, who was serving in a holdover capacity, "demanded a budget of P26 million to fund his 'social media' project with him as TV host" and asked for a P1.6-million monthly allocation for "a media advertising program," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

Both funding requests were denied, he said.

La Viña was also called out for pushing for the "accreditation of 7 brokers to handle SSS investments."

"The accreditation was denied because these brokers could not meet the requirements," Roque said.

The Palace's decision not to renew La Viña's term was solidified after he "embarked on a vilification campaign against 4 SSS executives who crossed his path."

"Despite an ongoing investigation, Mr. La Viña called a press conference and spoke against these 4 executives," Roque said.

Aside from La Viña, the Palace also decided not to renew the term of SSS Chairman Amado Valdez.

Valdez, a former dean of the University of the East, was appointed by the president in October 2016.

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

"Let this be a reminder to all public officials that the president is serious in curbing corruption and has strong resolve to promote good governance," Roque said.

La Viña earlier denied the allegations and said that he was removed from the post for refusing to toe the line by filing cases against other SSS officials.

Last month, La Viña filed administrative complaints against 21 SSS officials before the Office of the Ombudsman.