Duterte admits asking PNOC-EC chief to resign due to ‘idiotic contract’
Aileen Cerrudo • October 18, 2019 • 226
President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that he had asked the president and CEO of the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation Pedro Aquino Jr. to resign due to questionable contracts with a Russian oil firm.
During his speech at a business forum on Thursday (October 17), the president criticized Aquino for his “idiotic contract”.
“Here is a guy who prepared a contract with the Russians and the Russians thought that it—that was all there is to it,” he said. “He wanted now the Board of Trustees to ratify what he prepared.”
“Sabi ko, ‘Ano iyong kalokohan mo na baliktad? (I said, ‘What foolishness is this’?) Given the power to draft, to prepare—to what not, and then after that, have it approved by the Board of Directors. Baliktad ang gusto mo (You want it reversed). You want the Board of Directors to ratify your idiotic contract,’” the president said.
Aquino tried to strike a deal with a Russian oil firm without the approval of the board of trustees.—ACC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte will be having a three-day break beginning Tuesday (November 12), according to Malacañang.
However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday (November 11) clarified that it will not be an official leave since the president will still be doing his paperwork. The president will fly home to Davao Monday night.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will be the officer-in-charge of the Executive branch while Duterte rests, according to Panelo
“Well upon the advice of friends, of colleagues, and the world, it seems. And most likely upon the advice of doctors also to take a respite from his punishing schedule,” he said.
Panelo clarified there are no medical concerns that prompted the three-day break.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit in South Korea from November 25 to 27.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed on Sunday (November 10) that the president will be attending the summit in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the dialogue partnership between the regional bloc and South Korea.
“He will push through with the trip,” Panelo said.
President Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-In are also expected to have a bilateral meeting to discuss trade and security issues.
The Philippines and South Korea have recently celebrated its 70th bilateral relations.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
The Malacañang has welcomed Vice President Leni Robredo’s decision to accept the offer to become the drug czar for the administration’s war on illegal drugs.
On Wednesday (November 6), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the vice president is welcome to join the cabinet meeting on Thursday (November 7) to talk to President Rodrigo Duterte about the parameters of her power.
“So she would know exactly what she will do or what she intends to do, to tell the President what she has in mind so the President can help her,” he said.
Panelo also lauded Robredo for accepting the offer of the chief executive.
“By her acceptance, it shows that she is much smarter than her colleagues in the opposition who don’t want her to succeed,” Panelo added.
The Malacañang confirmed that the drug czar will have all the access in the intelligence reports and documents on the anti-drug war.
Panelo also reiterated that the president’s offer was not a trap and assured the cabinet will support her.
“We will give all the support, being a member of the cabinet, it behooves all of to help each other because her success is the success of the cabinet as well as this administration and ultimately the Filipino people,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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