FDA chief Puno accepts Duterte decision but balks at ‘corruption’ allegations

Credit to Author: CATHERINE A. MODESTO| Date: Fri, 17 May 2019 05:04:37 +0000

FORMER Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) chief Nela Charade Puno denied involvement in corruption as she accepted the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to terminate her on Thursday.

“I serve at the pleasure of the President and therefore I accept his decision without ill-feelings…However, I take exception at the mention of so-called ‘corruption allegations,’” Puno said in a statement.

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

Puno also welcomed forthcoming investigation to clear her name.

Duterte previously said he would fire more officials at the executive branch due to alleged corruption.

Puno is a licensed pharmacist who was at the private sector prior to her appointment as FDA director general in 2016.

The Department of Health (DoH), an attached agency of the FDA, has named Health Undersecretary Rolando Domingo to temporarily take Puno’s place.


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