May naapakan? DICT’s Rio clueless why Duterte suddenly accepted his 3-month-old resignation letter

Eliseo Rio, Jr. resigned more than three months ago, but delayed reaction from Malacañang caught him by surprise as he was suddenly let go in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The long-time Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) tendered his resignation late January over squabbles with new Secretary Gringo Honasan‘s people as well as differences in principle as to why their telecoms agency needed confidential funds to function. Rio stayed in his post since his resignation letter to President Rodrigo Duterte wasn’t irrevocable and Malacañang took no action.

Fast forward to Friday, May 22, he said he got a call from Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque saying his resignation has been accepted, and Rio suddenly had no idea what changed.

“I don’t know nga, baka may nakabangga ako?,” he told CNN Philippines, chuckling.

Did he really run into a new enemy or did his letter simply got buried by COVID-19 issues?

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