Duterte to sack new batch of gov’t officials this week—Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 1, 2019   •   8256

President Rodrigo Duterte plans to sack another batch of government officials due to several issues of corruption, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

During an exclusive interview with ‘Get it Straight with Daniel Razon’ on Wednesday (May 1), Panelo said the Chief Executive warned about sacking more government officials before he flew to China from April 25 to 27.

“Series of dismissal—anytime this week, siguro lalabas na iyon. Sinabi niya iyon, (maybe it will be released. He said it) before he left for Beijing,” according to Panelo.

Panelo added that the president is also reviewing the submitted report of the Metropolitan Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) regarding the water interruption in several parts of Metro Manila and Rizal province last March.

“Pinag-aaralan ni President Duterte iyong report ng MWSS at mga mungkahi nila. And then he will act on it. Siguro, this week, mayroon na siyang desisyon, (President Duterte is reviewing the report of the MWSS as well as their suggestions. He might have a decision by this week)” Panelo said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte summons BI personnel allegedly involved in pastillas controversy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 10, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (November 10) summoned to Malacañang the forty-four Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel allegedly involved in the ‘pastillas’ controversy.

According to Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Duterte handed each of the BI personnel peso bills that were wrapped to look like pastillas. The said personnel were suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) due to their alleged involvement in the ‘pastillas scheme’.

“He wanted them to eat the pastillas, but did not insist ‘out of deference to the secretary of justice who was also present’. He said, either you eat it or give it to the first beggar you see,” Guevarra said in a statement.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the stunt was to reiterate the President does not tolerate corruption.

Nagsabi rin po ang president na dapat matigil na ang korupsyon, at nagsabi rin ang president na kayo’y nakasuhan na, depensahan ninyo ang sarili ninyo (The President also said that corruption should be curbed and he also said you will face charges. Defend yourself),” he said.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said the passage of the Immigration Act will help curb corruption in the agency. The act aims to respond to the concerns of Immigration personnel with regard to salary.

“The new law, which is already in Congress, will answer salary woes, remove systemic issues, plug loopholes in policies, update fines and penalties, ensure division of power, and confer to the Commissioner the proper disciplinary powers,” the statement reads. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Año submits shortlist of PNP chief candidates to Duterte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 4, 2020

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has submitted a list of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief candidates to President Rodrigo Duterte.

With the retirement date of PNP Chief PGen. Camilo Cascolan on November 10, Año submitted a list of three top senior PNP officials which can be possible candidates for PNP Chief.

Nakapag-submit na ako ng shortlist (I already submitted a shortlist) to PRRD through a NAPOLCOM (National Police Commission) resolution. Three senior PNP officials, but I cannot mention the names and ranks.

Meanwhile, Cascolan did not receive an advisory if his term as the PNP Chief will be extended.

“I have yet to talk with the good President,” he said.

Cascolan also said he has not submitted his own recommendation for the new PNP Chief. Cascolan was appointed as the PNP Chief last September 2, after the retirement of PGen. Archie Gamboa.

Based on the Republic Act 6975, the President can choose among the ranks of One Star or Brigadier General above to become the next PNP Chief. -AAC

Duterte urges Congress to expedite creation of agency concerning OFWs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 28, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to expedite the creation of a new agency that will cater to the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“So I proposed in the coming months, and I hope to come up with a Department of Overseas Workers,” he said.

Duterte said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has so much burden to focus on OFWs.

The President also said the new agency will address the persistent woes encountered by OFWs. There is also a proposal to create another agency for seafarers.

“So iyan ang ano ko sa mga kababayan ko na naghihirap sa labas, (So that is what I can provide for our fellowmen abroad) that there will be a more thorough review in policies for your protection and that somebody should look after you,” he said.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in 2019 filed Senate Bill 202, or the Department of Overseas Filipinos Act of 2019 in support of President Duterte’s advocacy. AAC


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