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No PCSO official faces Duterte ax

  • Written by Efren Montano
  • Published in Nation
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BOTH Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Alexander Balutan and board member Sandra Cam are “safe” and won’t be booted out of the agency.

In fact, President Rodrigo Duterte holds the two in “high esteem” which is why he appointed them to the PCSO .

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.  revealed the President’s decision to delay naming the government official he was supposed to fire.

“The official whose termination I was tasked to announce is not from the PCSO,” Roque clarified in a news briefing.

Cam earlier accused PCSO officials of holding a lavish Christmas party at a five-star hotel in Mandaluyong City which Balutan belied.

Roque said that the President knows the controversy at the PCSO and that the Chief Executive holds the two contending officials in high esteem.

Cam on the other hand said she will push for an audit of the party and file charges against the officials over the lavish spending issue.
    
Roque, meanwhile, said Duterte decided to defer the announcement of the firing of the unnamed male official as he was still studying the legislative charter of the agency the presidential appointee heads.
    
“I will concede this much: There was a legal written document being prepared but even that is being held in abeyance,” Roque said.
    
“Unless the document has been signed, even that can be changed.”
    
Roque also said that the official to be sacked is not from the Energy Regulatory Commission either since the ERC commissioners have been already suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman.
    
Roque refused to reveal what the official did to earn the ire of the President.
    
He, however, stressed that the President usually fires an appointee due to “loss of trust and confidence.”
    
The President has fired some of his appointees over allegations of corruption, incompetence, conflict of interest, or going on junkets.