MANILA - Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor (PCUP) Chairman Terry Ridon said on Tuesday the agency "implemented with full integrity" the president's campaign promise, after President Rodrigo Duterte fired him and the body's commissioners.
"The public record of the agency can speak for itself: we had implemented with full integrity the presidential promise of no demolition without relocation," he said in a statement sent to ABS-CBN News.
He insisted that the agency gave voice to the urban poor in international conferences which was "unprecedented in any administration."
"We performed our mandate to the best of our abilities, with integrity and competence, despite the heavy burden of undertaking genuine reform," he said.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. earlier said the decision of the President to fire the PCUP commissioners was due to supposed misdeeds by its officials, such as having unnecessary junkets, among others.
"This kind of work performance has no place in the Duterte administration," he told reporters.
Roque said the move had nothing to do with the association of Ridon, a former party-list lawmaker, with the leftist National Democratic Front (NDF).
Created by an executive order in 1986, PCUP represents the urban poor in the government's effort to formulate policies and implement programs to address their needs. - with Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News