Duterte on a ‘firing mode’ against erring officials
Marje Pelayo • May 21, 2018 • 2460
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
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to impose a more drastic measure particularly against violators of the government’s lockdown rules as cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue to climb in the country.
In his late-night address on Thursday (April 16), the President warned of military and police take over if Filipinos continue to break the government’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“I am just asking for your disiplina, kasi kapag ayaw ninyong maniwala, mag-take over ang military at police (I am just asking for your discipline because if you do not obey, the military and police will take over). I am ordering them now to be ready,” the President said addressing quarantine violators.
“Sila na, parang martial law na rin. Mamili kayo (They will take over like in martial law. You decide),” he added.
The President expressed frustration over reports of residents repeatedly violating quarantine rules despite the government’s efforts in providing social relief at this time of crisis.
Nearly two weeks before the extended Luzon-wide ECQ is lifted on April 30, President Duterte said he will be compelled to order the government forces to enforce strict social distancing and curfew measures if the number of quarantine violators continue to increase.
“Ayaw ko pero kapag naipit na ang bayan at wala kayong disiplina, (I don’t want to do it but if the entire country is compromised because you lack discipline),” he warned.
The Chief Executive also directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to investigate the perpetrators of cockfighting and street drinking sessions in Metro Manila amid the ECQ.
He threatened to cut government aid to those who would further ignore ECQ measures.
“May pera pala kayong pangsabong. May pera pala kayo pang-inom. Ibigay ko na lang (sa iba,) [You have money for cockfighting. You have money for drinking sessions, so I might as well give the money [to those in need,] ” the President said.
“There’s not enough to go around. Hindi talaga magkasya. We are getting low sa supply ng pagkain na. Ilang araw na iyan buong Pilipinas pinapakain mo – 18 million families (Our supply especially of food is getting lower. We have been feeding 18 millione Filipino families for days now],” he concluded. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)
The Presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo is now ready to accept coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients after its conversion into a floating quarantine facility.
The Philippine Navy (PN) said it can accommodate a total of 28 patients with five medical personnel.
“Three exclusive compartments were prepared by PN personnel for the patients with temporary division in place observing 3-meter distance between them. Patients and medical staff are given different access points,” their statement reads.
The Navy added that the crew will remain onboard while the ship is being utilized as a quarantine facility.
PPEs were provided for the crew and rapid antibody tests were also conducted on them.
The ship’s remodeling began 48 hours after President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to utilize the ship for COVID-19 patients. AAC
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