MALACAÑANG has finally clarified that Martin B. Diño is not the SBMA Administrator, only Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“Please be advised that the designation of Atty. Randy B. Escolango as Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Administrator, SBMA, has not been revoked by the Office of the President and thus remains in full force and effect,” said Menardo I. Guevarra, Sr. Deputy Executive Secretary, Office of the President, in a letter dated Nov. 28, 2016.
The Office of the President’s letter is in response to Diños letter dated 21 November 2016 informing Malacañang that he (Diño) has “assumed the functions of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman/Administrator pursuant to Republic Act No. 7227.”
“More importantly, under Section 13(d) of Republic Act No. 7227, the Administrator of the SBMA shall be appointed by the President and no other,” Guevarra told Diño.
Diño was appointed SBMA Chairman on September 23, 2016 and he assumed office on Oct. 3, 2016.
When erstwhile Chairman & Administrator Roberto V. Garcia announced that while he has been replaced as Chairman, he will continue to function as Administrator until one has been appointed in his steed, Diño declared himself the SBMA Administrator in an Office Memorandum on Oct. 10, 2016 sent to SBMA offices and locators.
However, nine (9) days later, on Oct. 19, 2016, after Diño’s self-appointment, the Office of the President thru Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, accepted the resignation earlier filed by Garcia and designated Escolango as OIC Administrator.
But Diño continued to present himself as SBMA Administrator, issuing dozens of orders and memos and voiding any actions taken by Escolango as OIC Administrator.
Diño’s actions usurping the position of SBMA Administrator has been taking its toll on investors and operations of the agency.
Since July 2016, SBMA officers and employees are confused, no contract has been inked and possible new investments running into hundreds of millions of pesos have been lost.
“Enough is enough,” Escolango told Subic Bay News, “I am putting my foot down and make things happen for the Agency.” Escolango said. “My mandate from Malacañang is clear and I will not let the whims and caprices of a spoiled brat spoil what we have so far achieved here in Subic.”
“President Duterte wants change,” Escolango said, “and that change is for the better. Let’s not let him down.”