Following her sudden dismissal from the post, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Nela Charade Puno said she is ‘clueless’ on the basis of the corruption allegations thrown against her by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
In a statement released on Friday, Puno belied the issues against her.
“I received my letter of termination yesterday afternoon. As a presidential appointee, I serve at the pleasure of the President and therefore I accept his decision without ill-feelings,” she said.
On Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo released the termination paper of Puno which did not clarify the exact corruption issue against her.
“I have not been charged in any legal proceedings nor am I aware of any official investigations being undertaken in relation to corruption involving me. Of course, if there will be any such allegations forthcoming, I am more than ready to face these in any forum,” Puno said.
“Prior to my appointment in 2016, I was in the private sector. I am therefore completely unfamiliar with the political maneuverings in the bureaucracy. I served as the Director General of FDA for two years and 10 months with complete honesty, diligence, dedication, and loyalty,” she added.
Puno then stated that during her tenure as the director-general, FDA received at least three ISO certifications and an ASEAN recognition. She also stated the implementation of “the decentralization and regionalization of the FDA, the digitization of its registration process, the support to MSMEs in a joint effort with the Department of Trade and Industry, and strict regulatory enforcement of FDA laws in cooperation with the Philippine National Police.”
“I leave FDA with a clear conscience and what I believe to be a clean record. It is completely unnecessary to sully the personal and professional reputations of people who sacrifice to render public service,” she said.