By Argyll Geducos
As he shared to the public the developments in his crusade against corruption, President Duterte revealed that he fired former Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Jesus Clint Aranas.
Duterte made the statement days after it was confirmed that Duterte accepted the resignation of Aranas early this week.
In a speech late in Alangalang, Leyte Friday evening, Duterte said that his campaign against corruption in the government is far from over.
“I will deal with corruption. I’m dealing it until now. I just fired the president of GSIS,” he said.
In his press briefing this week, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said that Duterte accepted Aranas’ resignation but did not disclose any reason for doing so.
“The President just accepted the resignation,” he said.
“No reason. Kasi (Because) the person which submitted the resignation letter states the reason why he is resigning. He said for personal reasons. I don’t think we can dwell on the privacy of the person,” he added.
Panelo also denied that Duterte asked Aranas to resign. In his statement, he also said that Duterte is now looking for Aranas’s replacement in the GSIS.
In his resignation dated July 2, Aranas said that he is resigning confident that he has advanced the interest of GSIS.
“I resign, secure in the knowledge that I have unwaveringly advanced the interest of GSIS and its members in discharging the functions of the said office always in obeisance to all laws and never once compromising my integrity or that of the office I now relinquish,” Aranas said in his letter.
Meanwhile in his speech Friday, Duterte also said that he will revisit the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and will fire people from the agency.
“I will go for the customs again. There will be a lot of dismissals. Try to stop the corruption in the higher class,” he said.
The President then reiterated his desire to have the army take over the BOC because of the never-ending issue of corruption looming in the agency.
“Ilagay ko na sa army ‘yang… ‘Di na ako maniwala (I might place the army there. I do not believe anymore that they are) not allowed to work,” Duterte said.
Eliminating corruption in government was one of the promises Duterte made when he was still running for president. However over the past three years, Duterte has expressed regret about running and winning the polls because of the number of close allies he had to let go due to their alleged involvement in corruption.