Duterte on a ‘firing mode’ against erring officials
Marje Pelayo • May 21, 2018 • 2300
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
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered stricter implementation of road safety checks after a private truck fell into a ravine in South Cotabato on Tuesday (September 17).
Based on reports, 21 people were killed while 14 others were injured due to the South Cotabato mishap.
According to the Department of Transportation (Dotr), officials from several departments had a meeting with the president on Wednesday (September 18).
The chief executive has ordered to intensify roadworthiness checks, improve driver’s licensing requirements, periodic drug testing, and financial capability checks for operators.
“The chief executive pushed for the urgent nationwide implementation of the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) to improve the level of safety and security of passengers,” the Dotr said in a statement on Facebook.
Duterte has also emphasized that private vehicles used beyond their legitimate purpose should be banned.
Vehicles should also have proper road safety equipment and facilities while operators who do not have the financial capability for safety improvements should cease to operate.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the department will improve on road safety through various programs including Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS).
“Ilang buhay na naman ‘ho ang nawala sa atin. Itigil na ang kawalan ng disiplina. Itigil na ang pagiging pabaya sa kalsada. Sa utos ng ating Pangulo, sisikapin naming masiguro na tanging mga roadworthy vehicles lang ang bibiyahe sa kalsada, at lahat ng driver ay may sapat na kaalaman at disiplina sa pagmamaneho, (Several lives have already been lost. Let us stop the lack of discipline. Stop recklessness on the road. According to our President’s order, let us strive to ensure that only roadworthy vehicles should operate and all drivers should have discipline in driving),” Tugade said.—AAC
President Rodrigo Duterte has certified the proposed P4.1 trillion 2020 national budget as urgent.
According to his letter dated September 17 addressed to the Senate and the House of Representatives, he wants the immediate passage of the proposed national budget to “maintain continuous government operations.”
“Ensure the budgetary preparedness that will enable the government to effectively perform its constitutional mandate,” the letter stated.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the president certified the proposed 2020 national budget as urgent to avoid a repetition of last year’s delay which affected several economic programs of the administration.
“He [Duterte] wants the members of Congress [to know] the importance of passing the budget on time to avoid a repeat of last year’s delay of its passage that wreak havoc in the economic program of the administration, and affected the delivery of basic services to the people,” he said in a statement.—AAC
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