Duterte sacks Housing Secretary-General over corruption allegations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 22) —  President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary-General Falconi Millar over corruption allegations.

In a speech Thursday, Duterte confirmed he has signed a dismissal order for the Housing official.

"I'm talking of corruption. Just before I left my office, I signed a dismissal order 'yung (the) Secretary General ng (of) Housing, a certain Millar," Duterte said during the inauguration of the Cavite Gateway Terminal.

"Somehow along the way, corruption creeps in. And mahirap talaga," he said. (It's really hard)

"Si (The) Secretary General.. You can do corruption, and it corrupts you absolutely. Power corrupts. Sometimes you really want the money to go to your pocket almost every day," the chief executive added.

In an earlier statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President's order is "effective immediately."

"There are no sacred cows in the Administration, especially in its drive against corruption. As the President said, he will not tolerate even a whiff of corruption in the Executive Branch of Government," Panelo said.

Millar, on the other hand, said the incident was a demolition job.

"It is an obvious demolition job, in protecting the interest of the government, I have annoyed and crossed some personalities, I filed my resignation this morning," he said.

"It is the government's loss not mine. I urge the government to dig deeper and investigate the persons behind the demolition job."

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