MANILA- Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman is calling upon resigned Information and Communications Technology Chief Rodolfo Salalima to fully disclose the circumstances as to why he left his post.
In a press conference Tuesday, Lagman said Salalima, who also came from Albay, had told him earlier of his plans to resign due to "pressure."
"Immediately after the termination of the plenary consideration of the budget for the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on September 12, 2017, then DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, a provincemate from Albay, approached me in the session hall and told me he was resigning because he 'could not anymore bear the pressure' on him," Lagman said.
President Rodrigo Duterte last week confirmed Salalima's resignation, saying it was done "out of delicadeza."
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement that Salalima cited personal and work-related reasons in filing his resignation.
It subsequently turned out that Salalima resigned because of pressure and interference in his work.
"I urge Salalima to disclose more thoroughly how, when and who exerted corrupt pressures and interferences on him.The former DICT Secretary must also reveal whether the bidding of the national broadband project was a subject of the fraudulent interference," Lagman said.
The congressman said he was trying to contact Salalima Tuesday morning and urge the latter to shed more light on his resignation.
Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice meanwhile said: "We can surmise that the pressure came from very powerful forces in order to really cause the resignation of a Cabinet secretary."
Salalima was behind efforts to bring Wi-Fi internet connection to the public and spearheaded the creation of the blueprint for the P77.9-billion national broadband plan, aimed at delivering internet service to far-flung areas in the country and boosting internet speeds.
He was also a classmate of President Duterte at the San Beda College of Law, where he graduated cum laude.