'Why keep Montano, fire Sueno?' Palace reacts

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Posted at Apr 04 2017 04:36 PM

Malacañang defended President Rodrigo Duterte's move to dismiss Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno and retain Tourism Promotions Board executive Cesar Montano, who was also accused of corruption.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said keeping Montano was "not necessarily" inconsistency on Duterte's part as the chief executive "made his due diligence on this particular issue."

"It’s (Sueno's removal) something that he can act on with decisiveness....This particular situation deals with a Cabinet member," he said.
 
"So it’s something that for him is of deep importance. So it’s not a question of inequality it’s just that this is something that he has given due diligence to," he added.

Sueno was fired during the 14th Cabinet meeting due to "loss of trust and confidence," according to Abella. Sueno earlier denied allegations of corruption and other abuses hurled against him by 3 subordinates.

Montano, meanwhile, was accused of entering questionable contracts and resorting to nepotism by employees of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism of which he is COO.

Duterte said he trusted Montano, and said complainants who have a gripe against actor should file a case.