Martin Diño, former Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman confirmed at a press conference in Manila on Wednesday that he was offered a post at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Malacañang offered him the position of DILG Undersecretary for barangay affairs, which he accepted, he said.
Diño was former chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and had been appointed to the SBMA in September 2016. He was a presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, but withdrew and nominated Duterte as the substitute standard-bearer of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Diño was replaced by SBMA administrator Wilma Eisma as SBMA chairperson after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order 42, which repealed former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Executive Order 340 which separated the powers and duties of the SBMA chairperson and administrator.
Diño said he has no resentment over his departure from SBMA and that he remains supportive of the President and his programs.