Axed PCSO chief breaks silence over exit from agency

By Christine Cudis  

MANILA — Insisting that he resigned from his post, former general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Alexander Balutan on Saturday took to social media to explain his stepping out of the agency.

In a post on Facebook, Balutan said he initially briefed all PCSO employees when he assumed office in 2016 that he will resign from office if somebody from Congress asks him to do something he cannot stomach.

“I did not ask for this position, PRRD (President Rodrigo R. Duterte) retired me early from (the) Marines to help him run his administration,” he added.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983, Balutan drew controversy over the PCSO’s lavish Christmas party in 2017, costing PHP6 million.

He insisted that he did his job well and the rest was history.

“In silence, I did and I excelled. I did not ask anything from the President in return,” he added.

“Career for me is just temporary but character is (for a) lifetime, even beyond grave,” Balutan said on his FB post.

On Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced that the President has fired Balutan as general manager of the PCSO for corruption.

“The Palace confirms that President Duterte has terminated the services of PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan on his present post due to serious allegations of corruption,” Panelo said in a statement.

He did not mention the particular offense Balutan had supposedly committed, which prompted Duterte to remove him from his post. (PNA)