Duterte hints another official may be fired

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 24) — President Rodrigo Duterte is not slowing down in his campaign to clear the government of people whom he feels are tainting his administration's image.

In a speech at the opening of a bridge in Davao City Thursday, the President hinted that another government official may be on the way out.

"I might fire another one pagbalik ko sa [when I go back to] Malacañang," he said.

The president did not elaborate on the official's identity or office.

News of this possible new firing comes just days after Transportation Assistant Secretary for Railways Mark Tolentino was booted from office for trying to involve a member of the chief executive's family in a government project.

Duterte said his family was off-limits when it comes to discussing issues concerning government projects, and that his policy covers all government officials.

"Sinabi ko naman sa inyo noon...na [I told you before] do not talk to anybody, especially my family," Duterte said in his speech.

He added, "And even the discussion of that Mindanao railway still in the blueprint. But the fact that the itong assistant secretary talked it over with my sister even if it's just a conversation. Lumayo talaga kayo because sabi ko kapag nalaman ko, tapos ka. Alis ka talaga [You better stay away because I said when I find out, you're done. You will leave]. That has always been my warning and so sali lahat [everyone is included]."

Despite his sacking, Tolentino said he would continue to back the President.

"I am serving at the pleasure of the president. Whatever his decision, I will respect it. But I will continue to support him and to continue to fight against corruption and to protect the interest of Mindanao and its people," he said in a text message.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) welcomed the move, saying it should serve as a warning to other officials.

CNN Philippines' Lara Tan contributed to this story.