MANILA (UPDATE) — President Rodrigo Duterte terminated the deputy chief of one of the government's disaster response offices due to "loss of trust and confidence," his spokesman said Friday.
Office of Civil Defense Deputy Administrator Kristoffer James Purisima, who holds the rank of assistant secretary, was removed from his post effective Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
"The Palace confirms that Office of the Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima has been relieved from his post effective immediately due to loss of trust and confidence," Roque said in a statement.
The OCD is the implementing arm of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or NDRRMC. Purisima's functions included managing the impact of calamities.