By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Leaders of the House of Representatives welcomed on Wednesday the dismissal of all Board Members of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation.
Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro and AKO BICOL partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe cited the President’s move to fire all the Nayong Pilipino Foundation officials for approving an irregular long-term lease contract of a government property.
“The action of President Duterte in sacking all Board Members of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation is a welcome move,” Castro said.
“No amount of investigation was needed to show that the lease contracted entered by the Board for the Foundation smells garbage- on terms and condition grossly and unconscionably disadvantageous to the government…res ipsa loquitur,” he said in an interview.
The decision to sack all officials of the state-run foundation was reached during a Cabinet meeting on Monday, according to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.
For his part, Batocabe, president of the House partylist coalition bloc, said, “The simple message is that as far as corruption issues are concerned, President Duterte has zero tolerance and as such, erring officials will not only be terminated but just to emphasize his campaign, will be fired, sacked and shipped out publicly.”
Roque earlier said the Chief Executive wanted to cancel the “grossly disadvantageous” 70-year lease contract.
In an ambush interview before the House Committee on Appropriations deliberation on the proposed budget of the Department of Tourism for 2019, DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat did not comment on the dismissal of all board members of Nayong Pilipino Foundation.
“Alam mo ang Nayong Pilipino kasi is under the DOT, but we have no jurisdiction.”