THE purging of “bad eggs” and housecleaning will start President Rodrigo Duterte’s New Year.
Meanwhile last minute efforts are reportedly being exerted to save a high level official from being sacked.
“Maraming partido ang naghihilot baka makuha pa sa hilot,” according to a source.
“Ang president wala po iyang kaibigan, walang kaklase, walang kabarilan. Basta ikaw ay palpak, ikaw ay sibak,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
Roque also said that three police superintendents and about 90 so- called gangster cops will be named later this week as part of Duterte’s purging of the national police.
Roque said Duterte had already decided to fire a high-ranking official, but the Palace spokesman will only announce the name today, January 3, during his regular press briefing with the Malacanang Press Corps because the investigation was still being wrapped up.
“Mayroon naman kasi iyang tinatawag din na due process. Pero tapos na naman iyong imbestigasyon at nandiyan na lahat ng dokumento pero tingnan natin po. Anyway bukas naman po iyon maaanunsiyo kung ipapa-anunsiyo na tuluyan ‘no,” Roque said.
He did not disclose any other details about the official, even refusing to say whether the official is male or female.
Roque said Duterte will also sack several erring police officers, including some police colonels.
He said that “due process” has already been completed as the involved uniformed personnel are covered by the Civil Service Law.
Meanwhile, Roque would not confirm if the high level official to get the ax is involved in the controversial Christmas party of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
Roque however said that the looming relief of another ranking government executive proves that Duterte is resolved to fight corruption in government
“Pinapakita lang ng Presidente na seryoso siya, hindi lang sa giyera laban sa droga, kundi maging sa giyera laban sa katiwalian sa gobyerno,” Roque said.
The presidential spokesman would not give any hints but only said that the official to be terminated is a presidential appointee.
Sources bared that name of PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan has been mentioned in a closed door meeting in Malacanang as among those on the chopping block.
Balutan has repeatedly denied that the agency’s controversial Christmas party was extravagant.
“I don’t think it’s grandiose, lavish,” the PCSO general manager said.
Earlier Presidential Communications Office secretary Martin Andanar said that the issue on the PCSO Christmas party will be decided by the President shortly.
Sources further said that jockeying for positions is up at Malacanang as various partisan groups lobby for several juicy positions in government with the start of the year.
To be affected are the Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Internal Revenue, sources disclosed.