Roque: DOLE Usec. Say would have been fired for corruption

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) — President Rodrigo Duerte's spokesman  said Thursday that Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say would have been fired for alleged corruption had the official not submitted his resignation.

"I was told already that he's next on the chopping block but I was awaiting orders on when to announce it," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Roque alleged Say was engaged in "corruption relating to activities of labor recruiters," but did not provide details.

Say told CNN Philippines in a text message that the allegations were based on "an unnotarized affidavit containing statements that any lawyer will label as hearsay and double hearsay," 

"He cannot make a story by connecting unrelated events," Say added, referring to Roque.

Say announced his resignation as labor undersecretary for policy, employment and regional operations on Tuesday, the same day that President Duterte revealed he has fired another set of officials.

Despite Say's resignation, Roque said the announcement of his supposed firing was still necessary to clarify the context of his resignation.

"I didnt have to announce it because he resigned but it was important still to say it because in his resignation letter he said it was a 'matter of difference because of endo'," Roque said.

In an earlier statement relayed to CNN Philippines, the labor official said he left his position because he believed he was not doing his job well enough to resolve the country's contractualization dilemma.

Asked if the government will file charges for corruption against Say, Roque said it is up to the Ombudsman to take action.

"I'm sure the matter will be relayed to the Presidential Anti-Graft commission but in the scheme of things the Ombudsman must act on it," the Presidential Spokesperson said.

Duterte previously sacked several department heads such as Philippine Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) chief Marcial Amaro III, Dangerous Drugs Board Chief Diniosio Santiago, and Interior Secretary Ismael "Mike" Sueno  for allegedly engaging in corruption.

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