MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday night said he fired Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) commissioner Manuelito Luna for calling an investigation on Vice President Leni Robredo's relief efforts for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
"Wala namang kasalanan ang Vice President. Bakit ipaimbestiga?" he said in a public address.
(The Vice President is not at fault. Why investigate her?)
"Ito naman, may tao ako na abugado sa PACC, commissioner Manuelito Luna. Gusto nya ipaimbestiga si Leni kung bakit magsolicit. Anak ng. Kaya nung narinig ko, sabi ko, 'fire him.' As of this moment, he is no longer connected with government," Duterte said.
Duterte also warned the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) officials they would meet the same fate if they would push with the investigation.
Luna earlier said NBI should probe Robredo's fund drive and relief operations for COVID-19 frontliners, claiming that these "compete with" or are "calculated to undermine" the Duterte administration's efforts.
Robredo's actions may be in violation of the government's policies in addressing the pandemic, he alleged.
Responding to Luna's remarks, Robredo shrugged it off, saying she has a lot of work to do.
"Una, electoral protest. Sunod, impeachment complaint, sedition case, indirect contempt. Ngayon, ang gusto NBI investigation. Kailangan ba du'n personal appearance o puwedeng Zoom? Dami pa kasing trabaho," she wrote on Twitter.
(First, the electoral protest. Then, the impeachment complaint, sedition case, indirect contempt. Now, they want an NBI investigation? Does it need personal appearance or can you do it through Zoom? I've got a lot of work to do.)
Robredo's office earlier said it had raised over P40 million for the fight against the virus spread, and had donated medical supplies to over 100 hospitals and local government units nationwide.