By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte fired two more government officials, one of them an undersecretary, for corruption.
“’Pag sinabi kong (When I say) I am trying, it would be at the expense of government people who are into corruption,” the President said during the 24th National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines Annual Convention in Legazpi City, Albay late Saturday night.
He reiterated that he is trying to fulfill one of his campaign promises which was to weed out corrupt government officials.
“Talagang hindi ko talaga tatanggapin yan (I really cannot accept that). The other day I fired two. One undersecretary,” he added, without going into specifics.
But as the President spoke, he seemed to be reacting to the statement of resigned Labor undersecretary, Dominador Say, who had claimed he was stepping down due to differences in the matters of job contractualization – a labor practice also known as “endo.”
He said Say should keep his silence if he cannot bring himself to tell the public the truth. He added that if Say will insist on his statement, he will be forced to show the affidavit to the media and endorse it to the Office of the Ombudsman.
“Kayong napasibat sa gobyerno, meron talagang affidavit ‘yan (Those who were kicked out, there is an affidavit of your deeds). And here comes the guy saying, ‘Ah hindi kami magkaintindihan sa endo.’ ‘Adre (that you resigned because of misunderstandings on endo. My friend), you better shut your mouth or tell the truth immediately,” he said.
“Kasi ‘yung affidavit na pinirmahan sa harap ko, bibitawan ‘yan, ibigay ko sa media (Because if you don’t, I will release the affidavit that was signed in front of me. I will give it to the media). Then I would endorse it to the Ombudsman,” he added.
Earlier, Malacañang said that if Say had not resigned amid talks on labor contractualization, the President would have fired him due to his supposed involvement in corrupt practices, but did not name the other official referred to by the President.