Duterte says he fired more BIR, DPWH personnel for corruption

Published July 13, 2021, 12:01 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte’s crusade against corruption in government continued as he revealed firing more employees from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for being involved in corruption activities.

President Rodrigo Duterte (File photo/ Malacañang)

In his pre-recorded public address on Monday, July 12, Duterte shared that he has recently terminated government workers for being involved in corruption.

“This week, I signed about two documents terminating sa BIR na naman pati sa DPWH (workers from the BIR and the DPWH),” he said.

However, Duterte quickly clarified that the DPWH led by Secretary Mark Villar was actually working on cleansing the agency.

“DPWH is safe. Secretary Villar is working overtime at pinagtatanggal niya, at my suggestion– na kunin niya yung mga tao na known to be corrupt and incorrigible (at my suggestion, he removed a lot of people, those known to be corrupt and incorrigible),” he said.

“Sabi ko sa kanya ilagay mo na lang muna sa opisina (I told him to reassign them inside the office) while we dig into the records to see if they have committed graft and corruption,” he added.

President Duterte has always allotted time in his weekly public address to read the names of government workers allegedly involved in corruption.

Duterte’s campaign against corruption in government was recently put in the spotlight after Senator Manny Pacquiao alleged that some government agencies were involved in corruption, making the current administration more corrupt than its predecessor.

On Monday, the President appealed to the public not to believe allegations that P10 billion went missing from the country’s funds.

“Papayag ba naman ang COA? Papayag ba kami, ang mga secretary na mawala P10 billion (Would the Commission on Audit allow that? Would we in government, the different Cabinet secretaries let P10 billion go missing)?” he added.

President Duterte has threatened to expose Pacquiao if the latter will not be able to prove his claims of official corruption. He said he would personally campaign against the senator, noting Pacquiao’s plans to run for president in the 2022 elections.