President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday night he would fire the two Cabinet secretaries purportedly linked to corruption if allegations against them would be proven true.
President Duterte said he had already seen the report submitted by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission in late October on the complaint against sitting Cabinet officials he refused to name.
“I should know, actually, if you are corrupt, because I will summon you to my office and we will have a one-on-one talk,” Duterte said.
“If proven true, I’ll fire you. That’s for sure…But let us observe due process,” he added.
PACC Greco Belgica earlier said the two sitting Cabinet officials have been accused of violating Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act based on the complaints filed.
He also said one of the complaints was filed by an official from the Cabinet secretary’s department while the other was submitted by a private citizen.
The two unidentified Cabinet members, Belgica said, have been cooperating with PACC investigators as the commission conducted a lifestyle check and probe on them which began in February.
Duterte has repeatedly said he would not tolerate even a “whiff” of corruption from any government employee, but he was also criticized for reappointing sacked officials to other government posts.
This year, Duterte fired Bureau of Corrections Chief Nicanor Faeldon
and Jose Antonio Goitia, former chief of the now-defunct Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, over allegations of corruption.
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