MANILA, Philippines- Malacanang spokesman Herminio Coloma Jr. on Saturday confirmed the resignation of Rene Villa, acting chairman of Local Water Utilities Administration.

Villa has resigned effective November 30, 2013.

Coloma however belied reports that Villa’s resignation is in connection to his alleged involvement of suspected pork barrel mastermind Janet Napoles.

“His decision to resign is personal, and Pres. Aquino accepted it with gratitude to his service,” said Coloma.

Coloma added that LWUA is now managed by Secretary Rogelio “Babes” Singson.

Villa, a former legal counsel of Napoles, was once assailed by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago during one of the previous Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearings.

He was accused of allegedly receiving a “kickback of P300 million” from one of Napoles’ foundation being questioned in the court.  Villa has denied all the allegations.

Another resigned official announced by Malacanang was Grace Karen Singson as Chief Privatization Officer  of Privatization and Management Office under the  Department of Finance.