Duterte orders DOJ, DPWH ASecs to resign over corruption allegations

admin   •   May 15, 2018   •   4814

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the forced resignation of two assistant secretaries— his latest move to clear his government of corruption.

This was announced by the Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque during a press briefing in Malacañang Tuesday, May 15.

“The president has advised two assistant secretaries to tender their resignations or face termination for corruption,” Roque confirmed.

The two officials were Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon and Public Works and Highways Assistant Secretary Tingagun Umpa.

Based on the investigation conducted by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), Macarambon was reported to have intervened on behalf of suspected smugglers of gold and other precious jewelry at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Meanwhile, the DPWH reported that Umpa may have been using and abusing his authority to receive commissions from contractors in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Roque said they are leaving it to the Office of the Ombudsman to file the appropriate charges against the two officials while the Office of the President vowed to submit their findings to support the charges.

“Mayroon pong imbestigasyon na ginawa ang Department of Justice at ang Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, na pupwedeng gamitin ng Ombudsman sa kanilang mga imbestigasyon,” Roque concluded.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that Macarambon submitted his courtesy resignation on April 25, 2018.

However, the appointment of his replacement is still in process. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

Commission on Women clarifies Chairperson Bucoy resigned not fired

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 9, 2020

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) has denied reports that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Chairperson Rhodora Bucoy.

The PCW clarified Bucoy tendered her resignation on July 7, which is yet to be transmitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“As of this writing, we have yet to receive any appointment papers of a new Chairperson from the Office of the President,” the post reads.

The Commission also reiterated they did not release any media advisory on the said replacement as well as the resignation of three other commissioners. AAC

DPWH eyes completion of offsite dormitories for QC medical frontliners by end of June

Robie de Guzman   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of six cluster dormitories for medical frontline workers in Quezon City is expected to be completed by the end of June, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the dormitories, which are being built inside the Quezon Memorial Circle, will have 16 rooms with own toilet and bath with hot and cold water.

Each room for each dormitory cluster can accommodate 32 people or a total capacity of 192 people for six dormitories, he added.

The DPWH chief also said that the offsite dormitories are made of collapsible components fabricated to assemble 16 rooms, with spaces intended for living room, common dining, and laundry and kitchen areas.

Medical personnel of Quezon City-based hospitals such as National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Childrens Hospital, V. Luna General Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital and other government hospitals in QC will benefit from the temporary shelter project.

Villar, together with Quezon City officials, inspected the ongoing construction of the dormitories last Friday, June 19.

The offsite dormitories were conceptualized by the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain to support the need for accommodation facilities of hospital workers on the front lines of caring for COVID-19 patients.

Operation of the dormitories after its completion by the DPWH will be undertaken by the local government unit.

This is in accordance with the memorandum of agreement signed by Villar and Quezon City Mayor Belmonte in putting up ‘We Heal as One Offsite Dormitory’ solely for use by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working in hospitals within the jurisdiction of Quezon City who need space to rest between shifts.

When the structure is no longer needed, the DPWH said the temporary dormitories can be dismantled and removed on site.

The department said each of the components can be safely stored as part of its property for other related requirements such as temporary shelter during disaster/calamity response.

Duterte accepts resignation of DICT Usec. Eliseo Rio Jr.

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte finally accepted the resignation of Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Rio submitted his resignation to the Office of the President on January 31 due to internal issues within the Department.

Gusto naman talaga ni Secretary Rio na mag-retire na so hinayaan na ng Pangulo na mag-retire na siya, [It was Secretary Rio’s desire to retire so the President just allowed him to do so]”, confirmed Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Friday (May 22).

In February, the Senate probed on the alleged irregularity in the use of the agency’s confidential funds as claimed by Rio.

READ: Senate to conduct probe on intelligence funds of government agencies

Rio spearheaded the bidding process for the third telecommunications player in response to the directive of President Duterte. 

The Palace expressed its gratitude to Rio for his service. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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