PETER Laviña has tendered his resignation as head of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).
Laviña confirmed in a Facebook post that he resigned because he has been the subject of "false" rumors that he received money from NIA contractors.
Laviña said he decided to "quietly" leave his post to spare President Rodrigo Duterte from further humiliation, even though he had "neither personal vested interest in it nor ill intent towards NIA and the whole government."
"I have been vilified in the past; my name used, abused and maligned. Recently, there had been efforts to discredit me again. There are rumors circulating that I have asked money from NIA contractors. These are not true," Laviña said.
"To spare the President from these embarrassing stories, particularly in these times of intensified attacks on him, I have quietly left government," he added.
Duterte appointed Laviña as NIA head in November last year.
Prior to his appointment, he served as Duterte's presidential campaign spokesperson.
Laviña said he was grateful that Duterte had given him the trust to be part of the government.
"Thank you for the opportunity to serve the government, especially to President Duterte, whose trust I have never betrayed," he said. "This is [Laviña] signing off." (SunStar Philippines)