Office of Civil Defense exec relieved

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 22) — Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Deputy Administrator Assistant Kristoffer James "Toby" Purisima has been relieved from his post, the Palace said on Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the decision was due to "lack of trust and confidence." Purisima previously served as the spokesperson of the task force overseeing the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi.

The Office of Civil Defense was recently tasked to receive and coordinate donations of medicines and medical supplies and equipment to the government. President Rodrigo Duterte in April required the transmission of all donations to the national government to pass through the office for consolidation.

Roque added another official recently resigned, but refused to disclose the identity or office to which the official belongs.