Duterte terminates civil defense deputy chief Purisima

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2020 08:21 AM | Updated as of May 22 2020 09:12 AM

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President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 11, 2020. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo

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.