FDA chief Puno accepts termination 'without ill feelings'


Posted at May 17 2019 10:06 AM

MANILA - Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Nela Charade Puno on Friday said she accepted her termination "without ill-feelings", but underscored that she was "clueless" about the corruption allegations that led to her dismissal.

Puno's termination was announced by Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, Thursday, citing "the President's continuing mandate to eradicate graft and corruption" as the grounds for her removal.

"I serve at the pleasure of the President and therefore I accept his decision without any ill-feelings... however, I take exception to the mention of so-called 'corruption allegations' because I am clueless as to what these are," Puno said in a statement.

"I leave FDA with a clear conscience and what I believe to be a clean record," she said.

The FDA earned 3 ISO certifications under her nearly 3-year tenure as FDA chief, Puno noted in her statement, released a day after she received her termination letter.

"I have not been charged in any legal proceedings nor am I aware of any official investigations being undertaken in relation to corruption involving me," she said.

"It is completely unnecessary to sully the personal and professional reputations of people who sacrifice to render public service," she said.

The dismissed FDA chief said she would be willing to face any corruption charges in any forum.

Puno, the former president of Rochar Cosmeceuticals, was ambushed by unknown assailants while she was on her way to Daet, Camarines Norte in October 2013.

She was not hurt in the incident, but 3 police officers in her security detail were killed while 3 others were injured.