Duterte’s busy chopping block

  • Written by Efren Montano
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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is not shelving his chopping block anytime soon as he bared Saturday he will fire five more government officials, including his government corporate counsel, and more heads will roll once he returns to Malacañang this week.

In his speech at the opening of the Oil and Gas Production of the Alegria Oilfield Piyard 3 Well Site in Cebu, the President promised to fire the head of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) and had asked a fraternity brod to resign. The government corporate counsel is Rudolf Philip Jurado, who was appointed by Duterte in April 2017.

“I just fired the — maybe I’ll fire the corporate [counsel] tomorrow,” Duterte said .

Duterte added that on Friday, he had also asked a law school brod to resign.

“I made a lot of people resign including one of my law school brods yesterday,” he said.

Duterte is a member of San Beda College’s Lex Talionis fraternity. He had appointed several members of the fraternity to the government.

He had said that he will fire government officials, even those close to him, even over “a whiff or whisper” of corruption.

“When I hired you, you already knew my character. I told you, ‘Don’t… Don’t be corrupt because corruption is not a vice of mine,” Duterte said.

Malacañang announced last week that the President had also ordered the resignation of Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr. of the Department of Justice and Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Duterte also said in a separate speech on Saturday during the opening of the Philippine National Games 2018 in Cebu City that he had dismissed two government officials for trying to convince a member of his family to intervene in a project.

“Until now, I keep on dismissing people. I dismissed two officials who said that he has a problem... asked one of the members of my family,” he said.

“I told you, I am serious about this. If the request is made by my children, wife, grandchildren, cousins, relatives using my name, don’t talk to them. If my relatives ask anything, consider it denied,” he added.

“I’m inclined to fire somebody... I’d just want to talk to him before I do that. Itong isang undersecretary... Well, of course, I’ll just... isabay ko na sila lahat, and they are about five in the list,” Duterte said in another speech before local executives in Cebu City at the Waterfront Hotel.

Duterte said he would “like to add more” government officials to the list.
He did not mention names.
Duterte said that people in government have a tendency towards corruption.

“No offense intended. Pero it is still — public office is an opportunity really to make money,” he added.

Duterte also said in his speech at the opening of the Oil and Gas Production of the Alegria Oilfield Plyard-3 Well Site in Cebu that he had asked an assistant secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to resign.

Duterte said before local government officials in Cebu that one of the officials he will fire had attempted to seek help from a member of the First Family about a project.

“Now, this guy he ran afoul within the department and sought the help of I think my sister... Sabi ko, ‘tanggalin mo.’ Sabi ko, ‘fire him out.’ His violation? He violated my order na pagka ako ang minention or talking to my relatives, even in a conversation about a project only, t***, sisipain talaga kita,” he said, without mentioning a name.

He assured the local government officials that in his long years of government service, he never intervened in a government project.

“Wala ka talagang makita sa akin,” he said. He said he has P40 million, but insisted that it is “hereditary properties money.”

He said he had the money when he was just graduating from law school.

“Eh sabi ko nga ayaw ko. I’m not pretending to be a saint na ako’y pinakatarong (pinakamalinis) na tao. But you can ask anybody, anybody from Davao, kung naghingi ba ako ng pera ni piso kahit kanino,” he added.