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 Randy B. Escolango as Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Administrator, SBMA, has not been revoked by the Office of the President and thus remains in full force and effect,” said Menardo I. Guevarra, Sr.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 in a letter dated Nov. 28, 2016.
Guevarra’s letter is in response to Diño's letter dated 21 November 2016 informing the Office of the President 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.