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Malacañang denies Duterte named Martin Diño to DILG

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang denied on Wednesday, September 27, that President Rodrigo Duterte had named sacked Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Martin Diño to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

"As of this date, the President has not appointed Mr Martin Diño to any position in the Department of the Interior and Local Government or in any instrumentality of government," Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Diño said he had accepted Malacañang's offer to serve as DILG undersecretary for barangay affairs.

He said the offer came in his meeting with Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

Duterte on Monday, September 25, removed Diño as SBMA chair, and named Wilma Eisma as his replacement. Malacañang publicized Duterte's decision on Tuesday, September 26.

Diño said he was disappointed because no one notified him in advance about his removal.

The former SBMA chair was the original standard-bearer of PDP-Laban in the 2016 elections until he withdrew his candidacy and Duterte ran as his substitute. He was widely seen as Duterte's "placeholder" back then. 

Diño was also former chair of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption. – Rappler.com

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.

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