Malacañang: Duterte investigating three top officials

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) — President Rodrigo Duterte might fire more controversial officials under his government, Malacañang Palace announced on Monday.

"Let's just say the President always acts on complaints, and I know of at least three complaints that have been received by the Office of the President," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told CNN Philippines' The Source.

He said that the three officials were "all Presidential appointees," and the President appointed an entity to investigate their profiles.

This comes after Duterte fired Philippine Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) chief Marcial Amaro III over alleged junkets. Amaro maintained his trips abroad were for official business, and a certain business group was behind the move to replace him.

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Duterte also let go of former Dangerous Drugs Board Chief Diniosio Santiago and former Interior Secretary Ismael "Mike" Sueno for alleged corruption.

"Let's just say that he has given the message to everyone: If you want to travel, make money, join the private sector. You have no place in government," said Roque.

This comes on top of an estimated firing of over 60 policemen, according to an announcement by Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa on Monday.

Roque, on the other hand, said about 30 police officials would get the boot.

"I think it's a minimum of 30 policemen personnel. If I'm not mistaken, there will be at least four colonels," said Roque.

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The PNP has struggled with trust ratings amid reports of rogue cops and a surge of about 4,000 deaths during police operations in the drug war.

Among the controversial killings linked to police are the deaths of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos, detained Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, and Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo.