Duterte: Officials fired due to graft and corruption

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) — Graft and corruption, no more, no less, are the reasons at least two government officials were axed recently, President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday night in Albay.

“The other day I fired two, one Undersecretary… At tsaka mag-warning ako sa inyo, ha? (I will give you a warning.) I said, when you are fired, it is because of graft and corruption,” Duterte said.

Kung sabihin mo lang (If you’re going to say) it’s a behavior or attitude on certain matters or before the public...I would always say, be courteous to your employers,” he said, referring to the taxpayers as the ones who paid for their salaries.

Duterte did not disclose the names of the sacked officials he was pertaining to. He said he acted on complaints his office received from the President’s hotline, 8888.

“And that is why, 'yung pabalik ng pabalik sa opisina, 'yan ang dahilan.  (the reasons are these people keep coming back). Yung finire (fire) out ko. Wala akong ebidensya, pero kung magbalik 'yung tao, may affidavit ako. (I may not have pieces of evidence against those I have fired, but I have affidavits of those complainants who kept coming back),” he said.

The President added he found the ordinary people who were complaining more credible because they do not have political connections.

While Duterte did not reveal the officials he axed for graft and corruption, resigned Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say previously told CNN Philippines about "an unnotarized affidavit containing statements that any lawyer will label as hearsay and double hearsay."

It stemmed from Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s pronouncement that Say would have been fired if he did not resign. 

Say tendered his resignation on April 18, citing a matter of difference on labor contractualization. Say said Roque “cannot make a story by connecting unrelated events.”