Duterte fires Government Corporate Counsel

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 28) — President Rodrigo Duterte has fired another official, this time the Government Corporate Counsel, Rudolf Philip Jurado.

At a speech Monday, Duterte said, "May I call the Government Corporate Counsel now. Are you in this...nandito ka? Kasi kung nandito ka, lumabas ka...you are fired. I do not need you and maybe you do not need me."

President Duterte made the announcement during the signing of the Ease of Doing Business Act in Malacañang.

Jurado's firing comes after reports that lawyers of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) accused him of issuing an opinion allowing the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO) to operate outside its jurisdiction as long as it is within a Philippine Economic Zone Authority-controlled area.

On May 20, Duterte said he had plans of zeroing in on the OGCC.

On May 15, The House of Representatives approved a bill that seeks to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government and the OGCC, and transfer its functions to the Office of the Solicitor General.