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Five more officials on the way out — Duterte

  • Five more government officials will be axed before the week is over
  • This was according to President Duterte who threatened to fire more people even at the very first whiff of corruption allegation
  • Duterte earlier fired DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno and Undersecreatry Maia Chiara Halmen Reina A. Valdez of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary

MANILA, Philippines – After firing Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno and Undersecreatry Maia Chiara Halmen Reina A. Valdez of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, President Rodrigo Duterte has revealed five more officials will suffer the same fate in the next few days.

Although the President did not reveal the names of the officials on the list, two of them are undersecretaries too and will likely be axed before the week is over.

“May dalawa pang undersecretary. So bale at the end of the day mamaya, meron nang mga lima in a week. Kaya hindi ako magdadalawalang-isip. Maski kaibigan kita,” Duterte told farmer in Talavera, Nueva Ecija on Wednesday.

[There are two more undersecretaries. So at the end of the day later, there will be five in a week. I will never think twice. Even if you’re my friend.]

Sueno was fired over allegations of corruption raised by three of his undersecretaries in the DILG; mainly about the anomalous purchase of firetrucks and for allegedly receiving gambling payola.

On the other hand, Valdez was booted out of office for trying to meddle in the importation of rice in the National Food Authority (NFA).

The President said he will continue to fire officials in government even at the very first hint of abuse and corruption allegation

“I will continue to fire people, the first whiff, maamoy ko lang, maski na hindi totoo, you’re out. Hindi naman kasi mag-generate ng loose talks iyan eh,” Duterte said.

Last month, former National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Peter Laviña was forced to resign from office after being accused of asking money from contractors.

Both Laviña and Sueno are close allies of the President who supported and campaigned for him last election.