Duterte to fire more officials

Rodrigo Duterte

President Duterte on Tuesday announced he would fire more officials the following week, as he swore to give his “best shot” to rid corruption in government.

Duterte said he was waiting for reports of certain officials before deciding on their fate said during the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s distribution of grants to beneficiaries in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

“I want to lessen the corruption but I will fire more next week. I’m just waiting for their report,” the President said.

“I said, ‘You give me your report and if I find it justifiable, you can stay. But if there is corruption, I’m sorry,’” he added.

Duterte did not name the officials, though of late issued warnings to officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) over their fiasco to prevent a water crisis in parts of Metro Manila and Rizal provinces.

The previous week, Duterte compulsory wanted the MWSS officials to acquiesce a report on the water shortage in Metro Manila and nearby areas then he would “decide whether heads will roll or whether the contracts of the concessionaires will be terminated.”

“I will not make a prejudgment, I asked them — everybody concerned—to submit a report by April 10 and I will decide before April 15,” he stated.

Duterte said on Tuesday, he was doing his best to curb corruption in government, naming the ongoing purge of erring public servants, “I will try my very best, give it the best shot na kaya ko to bring down corruption.”

“I tried, maybe the final judgment would come years after whether I was able to do even half of the effort,” he added.

Trying to fulfill his campaign promise to clean the government, Duterte has already sacked more than 30 alleged corrupt officials since he came to power in June 2016.

The President also complained of corruption and red tape in government, saying the problem could pave way for a “failed government.”

The latest among his appointees to leave was Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office General Manager Alexander Balutan.

The Palace initially reported that he was fired “due to serious allegations of corruption,” but later revealed he resigned.

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