Pack up, avoid firing spree , grafters told
CORRUPT government officials should pack their bags already and leave the government before President Rodrigo Duterte continues with his firing spree to eradicate pervasive corruption in the bureaucracy, Malacañang said Saturday.
Instead, they should go to the private sector, where pay is higher, Palace Spokesman Harry Roque said.
“I repeat the call. Those who want to travel, to become rich, get out of the government,” Roque told a news briefing in Cebu.
On Thursday night, Duterte said he planned to fire more government officials accused of corruption—including 49 policemen and three generals.
Roque insisted the President remained serious about his resolve to deal with the problem of corruption in government.
As to the official who will be fired next, the Palace spokesman said he would be making the announcement soon.
“A decision has been made. There’s a reason why it hasn’t been announced. But I will be announcing it very soon,” he added.
Earlier, the President vowed to fire government officials who traveled abroad excessively, using public funds.
Among prominent officials who had been axed were Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno, Dangerous Drugs Board chief Dionisio Santiago, and Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor Terry Ridon.