President Rodrigo Duterte during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vista Alegre Homes in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on May 20, 2018
CEBU CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte hinted at firing another set of government officials including a “head of an agency” in the coming days due to allegations of corruption.
“I have fired and will fire tomorrow some more people. Mayroon pang isang head of agency,” he said.
The President made the announcement on Sunday, May 20, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vista Alegre Homes in Barangay Dos Hermanas in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.
“When you are granted itong mga (these) free ports, then you begin to abuse by issuing so many franchises of gambling because it is in the franchise. Correct, it is in the franchise, but everything goes under a regulation. It’s just the right for you to operate within your directorate. But when you begin to issue gambling permits outside of your … mahirap iyong ganun (therein lies the problem),” Duterte added.
The President reiterated his dislike for gambling that’s why he wants to limit its operations in the country.
“Ako ayaw ko niyan kaya (I don’t like it) as much as possible we limit it. I do not want to quarrel with anybody. And I said that when you begin to do that, you insist on something which is wrong,” he said.
Mr. Duterte also warned against approaching his family members to gain favor. If that’s the case, the President stressed “consider it denied.” He cited an instance where he fired one official for consulting his sister about a transaction.
During his speech at the opening of the Philippine National Games 2018 at Cebu City Sports Center on Saturday, he mentioned that two officials were using his name and the names of his common-law wife and children to solicit funds.
In a separate speech during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the oil and gas production facility of the Alegria oil field in Cebu last Saturday, the President said he might also fire the government corporate counsel but did not give further details.
“I just fired the — maybe I’ll fire the corporate counsel tomorrow,” he said.
Atty. Rudolf Philip Jurado is the current government corporate counsel whom the President appointed in April 2017. – Lalaine Moreno / Marje Pelayo