Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. is leaving his post at the agency, an unimpeachable source told Newsbytes.PH.
When contacted by Newsbytes.PH on Friday, Jan. 31, Rio said his resignation is still “under negotiation” but did not deny that he is quitting his post. A source said DICT Gregorio Honasan II is persuading him to stay as his resignation paper submitted to Malacanang has not yet been accepted.
A report from the Philippine Star on Monday, Feb. 3, confirmed that Rio tendered his resignation letter to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. In the letter, Rio cited the questionable disbursements of P300 million in confidential funds of the DICT.
Rio is a retired military general who served as acting secretary of the DICT after the resignation of former secretary Rodolfo Salalima. He was in the running for the top DICT position but it ultimately went to Honasan, an ally of Duterte.
Rio also served as commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission during the term of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He is an electrical engineering graduate of the University of the Philippines where he also took up his advanced ROTC courses.
This is a developing story and will be updated with new information