President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday in a speech at the World Trade Pasay City, that he has fired two Malacañang officials due to corruption allegations. However, the President did not identify the two officials.
“I just fired two employees from Malacañang for making a tool and suggesting that, you know, for using their influence.” Duterte said.
“Empleyado sila dyan tapos kung ano ano ang pinagsasabi sa labas ba malakas sila (they are employees there, then they say so many things outside that they have strong connections). I hate that. He added.
The President has repeatedly said he would fire government employees even with just a “whiff” of corruption.
“Even a whiff, or a whisper, of corruption and you’re out.” Duterte warned the government officials last year, a week before he assumed the Presidency.
On the other hand, this was not the first time Duterte announced to the public his decision to remove corrupt government officials.
In March, Peter Laviña was sacked as administrator of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) amid accusations that he pocketed NIA funds. Laviña’s forced resignation made Duterte’s decision to remove Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno due to corruption allegations.
Recently, the President has signed Executive Order (EO) No. 43 creating Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission.
Meanwhile, the President himself is facing investigation over his and family’s wealth. However, he has maintained he was not hiding his wealth from the public.