Duterte to fire more officials next week

Published March 26, 2019, 10:57 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte said he intends to fire more government officials next week as he vowed to give his “best shot” to combat corruption in government.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City on March 24, 2019. (JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte 

The President said he was waiting for the report of the concerned officials before deciding on their fate.

“I will fire more next week. Hinihintay ko lang ‘yung report nila [I am waiting for their report],” Duterte said during the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distribution of grants to beneficiaries in Koronadal City, South Cotabato,

“But sabi ko na, ‘You give me your report and if I find it justifiable, you can stay. Pero kung may corruption, I’m sorry,'” he added.

The President did not name the concerned officials during his speech although he recently issued a similar warning related to the water shortage in Metro Manila.

Last week, Duterte threatened to fire Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) officials and terminate the contracts with Manila Water and Maynilad over the water shortage besetting parts of Metro Manila and nearby areas. Duterte was outraged by the water officials’ failure to ensure ample water supply for the people.

In his speech, the President said he was trying to his best to curb corruption in government, citing the ongoing purge of erring public servants.

“I will try my very best, give it the best shot na kaya ko to bring down corruption,” he said.

“I tried maybe the final judgment would come years after whether I was able to do even half of the effort. Ang corruption sa gobyerno damo,” he added.

Duterte previously admitted that he was exasperated by the endemic corruption in government. He said the country would not attain progress if corruption will not be stopped and peace and order would not be maintained.