3 more Duterte appointees under probe, Palace says

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 09 2018 12:05 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte. Jorge Silva, Reuters/file photo

MANILA - Three more appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte are under investigation due to complaints, as the Chief Executive continues to crack down on officials who supposedly broke his anti-corruption vow to the public.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said in a television interview that Duterte has given attention to all the complaints against his appointees, adding that the President does his own research on these.

“Let’s just say that the President always acts on complaints and I know of at least 3 complaints that have been received by the Office of the President,” Roque said.

“He always appoints an entity to investigate and when I make an announcement he always give me a copy of the report submitted to him after investigation has been conducted.”

Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) administrator Marcial Amaro III was the latest government official to be axed by the President due to supposedly expensive and unnecessary travels.

The President had also sacked Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor chairperson Terry Ridon and Dangerous Drugs Board chief Dionisio Santiago over the same allegations.

Malacañang recently released guidelines for foreign travels of officials and personnel under the executive branch.

The memorandum said no official foreign travel shall be allowed unless the purpose of the trip is strictly within the mandate of the official or personnel, the projected expenses for the trip are “not excessive,” and the trip is expected to bring “substantial benefit to the country.”

The President had also fired several of appointees for various reasons, such as because of alleged corruption, conflict of interest, or incompetence. These include his first interior secretary, Ismael Sueno.