MANILA - Malacañang on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte will soon fire several policemen, after announcing that the Chief Executive will boot out another government official over alleged irregularities.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said Duterte will make good on his earlier vow to fire several policemen found to be involved in illegal activities.
“Bukod pa doon sa mataas na nanunungkulan eh sinabi na naman ni Presidente na iyong mga pulis ‘no kasama iyong ilang mga Colonel na sisibakin din sa puwesto ‘no. Ang alam ko po ay halos tapos na iyong imbestigasyon ng mga kapulisan,” Roque said in a radio interview.
“Iba-iba po eh at saka madami po iyan eh. Madami po iyang mga pulis na sisibakin din,” he added when asked when asked what cases the cops are facing.
Roque did not give a figure on the number of cops the President has decided to fire.
He noted that the cops facing the chopping block were given due process.
Duterte in December 2017 said he will fire at least 3 police superintendents and scores of other police officers who are allegedly in cahoots with crime gangs.
Roque said Duterte’s recent firings of government officials show that the Chief Executive is serious in eradicating corruption and incompetency in government.
“Ang punto po ay unang una eh talagang seryoso po ang Presidente dito sa laban sa katiwalian sa gobyerno. At pangalawa, asahan ninyo po na wala pong sinasanto ang Presidente, wala po iyang kaibigan, walang kaklase, walang kabarilan. Basta ikaw ay palpak, ikaw ay sibak,” Roque said.
Among prominent officials who were previously axed were Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno, Dangerous Drugs Board chief Dionisio Santiago, and Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor Terry Ridon. Even the cousin of Duterte’s partner Honeylet Avanceña, PCUP Commissioner Melissa Avanceña Aradanas, was not spared.
But while some lauded Duterte’s move, his critics accused him of having a double standard when he still trusted former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon even while he was tagged in the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu in the Philippines. Faeldon was recently appointed by the President to the Office of Civil Defense.