Puno told to stay put-A A +A
Thursday, October 7, 2010
PRESIDENT Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III rejected the resignation of Undersecretary Rico Puno in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Puno expressed his willingness to resign following his alleged involvement in jueteng controversy, and his highly-criticized role in the bloody August 23 hostage crisis.
Aquino earlier implicated Puno in the hostage fiasco, noting that he should partly be blamed since he handled police matters.
In an interview, Puno said was retained to his post at the DILG, adding, "The functions will still be the same. I continue to be the Undersecretary. With regards to the police, I give information to the President and Secretary."
"It is still the same setup. There is no change. I'm the undersecretary for peace and order," he noted.
Other departments under Puno include Bureau of Fire and Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, trans-national crime and public safety college.
Puno admitted that he talked to Aquino on his resignation plan last Saturday but the latter rejected the idea. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex