President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday warned that he will fire more government officials when he returns to Manila.
“Ang executive department, ako. Kaya ko to. Ilan na yung pina-alis ko? Madami na. Hanggang -- pagbalik ko sa Manila. Meron pa akong patatalsikin,” Duterte said in his native Cebuano during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development Inc. in Davao City.
[I am the executive department. I can do it. you ask how many government officials I have fired? A lot. When I return to Manila, I will fire more.]
“Ang congressman hindi ko na kaya. Eh di tayo mangialam sa kanila. Lalo na SC.”
[I cannot do it to a congressman since it’s beyond my powers. I won’t meddle in their affairs. Even more in the SC (Supreme Court.)]
In recent months, the President has been firing his appointees over corruption allegations.
Among the high-profile government officials Duterte had fired were Ismael Sueno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Rodolfo Salalima of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
The President accused Sueno of corruption over the purchase of fire trucks from Austria, while Salalima was told to leave for allegedly favoring a telecommunications company amid the government’s effort to break the telecommunications duopoly.
Also asked to resign was cabinet-ranked Commission on Higher Education Chair Patricia Licuanan, who faced but denied allegations of excessive travel.