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Salalima quits as DICT head

MALACAÑANG yesterday announced the resignation of Rodolfo Salalima as secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology with presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella saying it was for "personal and work-related reasons".

In a press conference during his fifth visit to Marawi City on Thursday, the President also confirmed Salalima's resignation.

Duterte said he was already looking for "the best guy" as a possible replacement for Salalima, whose agency is rolling out several mxulti-billion-peso projects, incuding the P1.7-billion free public Wi-Fi initiative and the P1.2-billion National Broadband Program.

"Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima of the DICT has tendered his letter of resignation to the President, citing personal and work-related reasons", Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

Salalima is a magna cum laude graduate of philosophy and a law cum laude graduate from San Beda College.

The Palace spokesperson added there is no official word from the Office of the Executive Secretary as to whether President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted Salalima's offer to resign.

Salalima is the seventh Cabinet member to leave the Duterte administration.

Salalima has not yet responded to CNN Philippines for comment on his offer to resign.

Vice President Leni Robredo resigned from her post as housing czar; Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno was sacked by Duterte; and Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, and Agrarian Secretary Rafael Mariano were rejected by the Commission on Appointments. Another Cabinet secretary, former Interior secretary Ismael Sueno, was sacked by Duterte amid allegations of corruption.



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