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PUNOPresbyterian United Nations Office
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In October last year, Puno's convoy was ambushed on the way to Daet, Camarines Norte.
Manila Rico Puno, Interior Undersecretary for Public Safety, has vowed to resign after Archbishop Oscar Cruz identified him in a Senate inquiry as the top government official receiving 8 million pesos (Dh666,658) a month in protection money from illegal gambling lords.
The President mentioned the case of Puno while reiterating he does not tolerate corruption in government during a speech in Davao City Thursday night.
'Of course, if there will be any such allegations forthcoming, I am more than ready to face these in any forum,' Puno also said.
As a presidential appointee, I serve at the pleasure of the President and therefore I accept his decision without any ill-feelings," Puno said in a statement.
Puno, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who headed the body created by President Duterte to review the 1986 Charter, said the committee has agreed to reject the endorsement of Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 15, which was approved on third and final reading by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Puno, in TV interviews, said young, drug-crazed members of the western Mindanao-based Abu Sayyaf were responsible for the beheading of Gabriel Canizares, principal of the Kanague Elementary School in Patikul town.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said President Duterte has received many complaints from doctors, including his own doctor, and other healthcare stakeholders about Puno and was waiting for their affidavits to build a case against the concerned former official.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced Puno's sacking in an interview with reporters in Malacanang on Thursday afternoon.
m.) President Rodrigo Duterte sacked Food and Drug Administration Director General Nela Charade Puno due to allegations of corruption.
In the post, Anna Puno writes: 'I am seized with deep emotional shock when I found out that our OPM King-Kuya Rico J.