Secret’s out: Palace reveals Pompee La Viña’s P26M PR request, demolition job plot
Malacañang on Saturday (Feb. 17) practically confirmed that Social Security System Commissioner Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña was fired from his post over corruption.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that La Viña’s term of office was not renewed because he demanded a P26-million budget for a “social media” project with him as TV host.
After his request was denied, Roque said La Viña asked for P1.6 million monthly fee for a media advertising program.
The second request was also turned down.
Roque said La Viña also requested for the accreditation of seven brokers to handle SSS investments.
However, the accreditation was denied because the brokers could not meet the requirements.
Roque said La Viña also went on a “vilification campaign” against four SSS executives who crossed his path.
“Two of the 4 executives resigned and one is now a consultant of the Secretary of Finance,” he said.
While Roque did not mention any names, it can be recalled that La Viña accused SSS vice president Rizaldy Capulong and 20 others of approving P143 million worth of media contracts that were allegedly anomalous.
Roque said that despite an ongoing investigation into the issue, La Viña called a press conference and spoke against the four SSS executives.
“Again, let this be a reminder to all public officials that the President is serious in curbing corruption and has strong resolve to promote good governance,” he said.
La Viña served as commissioner in.a holdover capacity since July 2017 before Duterte decided not to renew his term.