Duterte signs EO to limit travels of Executive branch officials

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 12) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he signed an Executive Order (EO) that would let him control the travels of officials under the Executive branch.

"I just signed an Executive Order banning travel. You let me know first and I will read, I need to know what you are going for," Duterte said in a speech during the birthday celebration of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in Davao del Norte.

Duterte added those wanting to go on trips have to submit an itinerary and a memo detailing the objectives of the junkets.

He warned of firing officials who have gone on more than a dozen trips.

"They go out every convocation, convention, pow wow, seminar, labas nang labas. And for those who have traveled more than 12, you have to go. Hindi na ako bilib diyan sa most of the time nag-ibang bansa [I'm not impressed by those who go out of the country very often]," he added.

Other details of the EO have yet to be revealed, but the President said it did not include the Congress and the judiciary.

The President said the measure is part of his crackdown on corrupt government officials.

"It's part of the campaign against corruption. Not only done with malice but those who just want to spend money of government for nothing," he said.

The move follows Duterte's firing of Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor chair Terry Ridon last December, and Philippine Maritime Industry Authority chief Marcial Amaro III early January for supposedly having excessive junkets.

On January 3, the Palace released a memorandum containing guidelines that should be followed by all offices under the Executive department, government-owned and -controlled corporations, and financial institutions.

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