Duterte set to fire five more gov't officials

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20) — The Chief Executive is set to fire more government officials.

President Rodrigo Duterte said he would fire at least five more officials during a speech before local government officials at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City yesterday.

"They are about five in the list. I'd like to add more," Duterte said, without naming them.

He, however, alluded to an undersecretary that he would like to talk to first before firing the official.

Duterte said he had also sacked someone for talking to his sister to help with a government project.

"He violated my order na pagka ako ang minention or talking to my relatives, even on a conversation about a project only, t***, sisipain talaga kita," he said.

[Translation: He violated my order that if he mention me or talking to my relatives, even on a conversation about a project only, I would kick them out.]

Duterte said he would strictly implement his policy on firing officials for using him or his family for leverage.

During another speech delivered on the same day at the Alegria Oil Field in Cebu, Duterte said he had asked a Public Works official to resign and plans to zero in on the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) next.

"Ang DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) nga assistant secretary na akong brod sa law school, ako pong gipa-resign. Daghan kong pa-resignun," Duterte said.

[Translation: A Public Works assistant secretary who was my brod in law school, I told him to resign. I will tell more people to resign.]

He reiterated that despite appointing certain public officials, he would not hesitate to fire them for corruption.

"Maybe I'll fire the Corporate Counsel tomorrow," Duterte added.

Last week the House of Representatives approved a bill that seeks to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government and the OGCC, and transfer its functions to the Office of the Solicitor General.

READ: House OKs bill abolishing PCGG

Duterte had previously fired officials for alleged corruption, including some who have helped him run for President.

READ: Duterte: I fired another official over corruption