Duterte not renewing appointment of SSS chair Valdez, Commissioner La Viña

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  • Duterte has terminated the services of two ranking SSS officials
  • Roque said the President did not renew the appointment of Valdez and La Viña
  • The two officials have been serving on a holdover capacity since their terms expired in June 2017

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will not be renewing the appointments of two Social Security System (SSS) officials whom he himself appointed in 2016.

In a press briefing on Monday, February 12, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced Duterte has terminated the services of SSS Chairman Amado D. Valdez and Commissioner Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña effective immediately.

Valdez and La Viña’s term have expired in June 2017.

“The Executive Secretary has formally informed Mr. Jose Gabriel M. La Viña (“Pompee”), as well as Mr. Amado D. Valdez that their term of office, both of which expired 13 June 2017 as Commissioners of the SSS will not be renewed. The appointments of Mr. Jose Gabriel M. La Viña (“Pompee”) and Mr. Amado D. Valdez as Commissioners of SSS will not be renewed when they expire on 30 June 2017,” Roque told reporters in Malacañang.

Roque added the President did not give any reason except that it was a ‘presidential prerogative’. He said the two officials have since been on a holdover capacity since their term ended last year.

“Considering that your term of office expired on 30 June 2017 and that you have since been serving in the SSS in a hold over capacity, may we inform you that your—upon instruction of the President, your service in the SSS is hereby discontinued effective immediately,” said Roque.

Valdez was a former Law dean of the University of the East. He was appointed by Duterte to SSS in October 2016.

La Viña is Duterte’s campaign head for social media during the 2016 election. Last month, the SSS Employees Union and Access sent a petition to Malacañang asking for his dismissal for filing multiple administrative charges against SSS Executive Vice President Rizaldy Capulong and 20 others over alleged anomalous media contracts before the Ombudsman.