President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the groundbreaking for the construction of the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project at the Apo Agua Infrastructura Project Site in Davao City on November 26, 2018. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Duterte announced at the kick-off of the bulk water supply construction in Davao City Monday night (November 26) that another government official is about to get fired over allegations of corruption.
“Corruption is not acceptable to me. I need not repeat it every day. Then when I go to Manila, I’m going back, I’m going to fire another undersecretary for corruption,” the President said.
The Chief Executive’s pronouncement comes on the heels of Atty. Falconi Millar’s removal from post as secretary general of the Housing and Urban Development Council (HUDCC) over allegations of corruption.
Despite Millar’s effort to refute the accusation against him, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Salvador Panelo on Monday said that the President has strong evidence to support claims that the embattled lawyer extorted money from a company.
Based on a complaint filed by the company that had transactions with the HUDCC, Atty. Millar allegedly attempted to extort money from them on two occasions.
HUDCC apparently has pending payments to the said company amounting to millions but has yet to release the funds for it.
Millar purportedly offered to expedite the release of funds in exchange for a considerable amount of money.
“There was a complaint, there was a sworn statement…it came from someone representing a company na merong receivables from HUDCC, so much millions eh hindi yata nila nakokolekta and according to the sworn statement hinihingian siya para ma-release,” said Panelo.
Instead of giving in to Millar’s offer, the company decided to report him to Malacañang. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue