By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte is set to fire another official next week, Malacañang confirmed Thursday.
In an interview over DZMM Teleradyo, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Duterte will personally announce the next official on the chopping board next week.
Panelo, however, did not mention who the official was or the reason for Duterte for firing them.
“Ia-announce niya next week (The President will announce it next week),” Panelo said.
“Binanggit niya rin iyon kagabi (He also mentioned it last night) during the meeting with some businessmen, na (that) he will be firing another official next week),” he added.
Duterte made the announcement last week that he would be firing another government official, warning that the country is doomed if the government fails to address the corruption looming within.
“[I vowed to] lessen the corruption but I will fire more next week. I am just waiting for their report,” Duterte said in a speech in South Cotabato.
“I told them: ‘You give me your report and if I find it justifiable, you can stay. But if there is corruption, I’m sorry,'” he added.
President Duterte was catapulted to the presidency due to his promise to end corruption in government. Since winning the 2016 polls, Duterte vowed to fire officials even with just a whiff of corruption.
In 2018, the President’s crusade against corruption has resulted to the sacking of at least 22 government and military officials and employees due to alleged corrupt practices, including excessive foreign trips.
Since assuming the post, President Duterte has fired at least 151 government officials and employees for different reasons as of press time. This year, at least 48 people got cut from the government’s payroll.
The President has lamented letting go of his appointees who were involved in corrupt practices, especially those who urged him to run for president, but said that it had to be done.
Despite his firing spree, Panelo earlier said that there is still much work to be done to fully rid the government of corruption.
“Indeed, we have accomplished much under the leadership of the current administration and public confidence remains high as seen in the satisfaction, approval, performance, and trust ratings of the Chief Executive,” he had said.