Just in: Peter Laviña quits as NIA chief over corruption allegations

  • Former Duterte campaign spokesperson has resigned as NIA chief
  • He denied involvement in the corruption allegations within the agency
  • He vowed to return to the business sector where he came from

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s former campaign spokesperson Peter Laviña has resigned as National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief on Wednesday, March 1,  amid allegation of corruption.

In a Facebook post, Laviña said there have been reports to discredit him but these allegations are supposedly unfounded.

“I have been vilified in the past; my name used, abused and maligned,” wrote Laviña. “There are rumors circulating that I have asked money from NIA contractors.”

Laviña is one of the most trusted aides of Duterte; having served as special assistant, then as councilor when the President was still the mayor of Davao City.

He denied any ‘personal vested interest’ or ‘ill intent’ towards NIA and the whole government and thanked Duterte for the brief opportunity to serve the people.

“To spare the President from these embarrassing stories, particularly in these times of intensified attacks on him, I have quietly left government,” he said.

However, he vowed to continue working in other sectors of society after his resignation.

“I have proven in the past that one need not be in government to do public service or work for the common good. I will likely continue to do so in media, civil society and the business sector where I have been involved before,” Laviña added.

Malacañang has yet to release a statement on Laviña’s resignation.