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More gov’t officials on chopping block

PRESIDENT Duterte

 

By GENALYN D. KABILING

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte (AP/Aaron Favila)
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte (AP)

MORE government officials will be fired from service for alleged involvement in corruption, Mala­cañang said yesterday.

After President Duterte ex­pressed exasperation over the “endemic” corruption in gov­ernment, Presidential Spokes­man Harry Roque said his office would become the “official sibak announcement bureau” that will release the dismissal orders of corrupt officials.

“The exasperation specially has to do with corruption so parang mas marami pa talaga siyang sisibakin and await for further announcements I guess,” Roque said during a Palace press briefing.

“Tayo na ang magiging offi­cial sibak announcement bureau dito,” he said, adding in jest that the Malacañang Press Corps will be the “anti-graft dissemination corps.”

Roque warned public servants against getting involved in cor­rupt practices or else risk getting fired by the President.

“We will serve notice to every­one na itigil na ‘yang corruption dahil kung hindi babasahin ang pangalan dito at ire-report ng media ang kanilang mga pan­galan,” he added.

The President recently said he was considering stepping down from office amid his exasperation with the seemingly endless fight against corruption in govern­ment.

With corruption embedded in government transactions, Du­terte admitted that he could not completely stamp out corruption within his term.

“My chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless and it has contaminated almost all government departments and offices,” Duterte said during a business forum last Tuesday.

“Graft is so embedded, it is endemic and it is always a part of the territory of a transaction, especially by government,” he added.

Among the officials recently fired by the President were the entire board and management of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation over a controversial long-term lease agreement with a casino developer and top military health officials over anomalous transac­tions in a government hospital.

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