Dismissed FDA chief ‘clueless’ on why she was fired

Published May 17, 2019, 12:39 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Analou De Vera 

Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nela Charade Puno on Friday said that she was “clueless” on the corruption allegations which Malacanang cited as the reason for her termination.

Food and Drug Administration Director-General Nela Charade G. Puno (DPRM / MANILA BULLETIN)
Food and Drug Administration Director-General Nela Charade G. Puno

“I take exception to the mention of so-called ‘corruption allegations’ because I am clueless as to what these are,” said Puno in a statement.

“I have not been charged in any legal proceedings nor am I aware of any official investigations being undertaken in relation to corruption involving me,” she added.

Puno said that she was ready to face any corruption charges in any forum.

“I leave FDA with a clear conscience and what I believe to be a clean record. It is completely unnecessary to sully the personal and professional reputations of people who sacrifice to render public service,” she said.

The former FDA chief said that she accepted her dismissal without any “ill-feelings.”

“As a presidential appointee, I serve at the pleasure of the President and, therefore, I accept his decision without any ill-feelings. I would like to thank the President for the opportunity and honour of having served the Food and Drug Administration as its Director General,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) said that Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo will assume as officer-in-charge of the agency.

On Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced the termination of Puno, saying that it was “in line with the President’s continuing mandate to eradicate graft and corruption and to ensure that public officials and employees conduct themselves in manner worthy of public trust.”

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