5 more government officials on Duterte's chopping block

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2018 05:34 PM

MANILA -- To get its own house in order, President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said more heads will roll over allegations of corruption.

He didn't mention any names, but the President said he will be firing at least five government officials.

"To my sorrow, they were the ones who urged me to run (for the presidency), but only to realize human beings have feet of clay," he said in Cebuano during his speech in Tabogon, Cebu.

Duterte lamented that these individuals hit the skids when they were put into office.

"They used the government to make money," he said.

"I told them, if it is about corruption, I cannot help you, even if we are friends."

Duterte earlier urged an assistant secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to step down on corruption allegations.

The President also warned other officials of name-dropping his family over government projects.

"Consider it denied," he said.

During his speech, Duterte also mentioned Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot, who was ambushed on May 13.

Loot and his family survived the attack, but four others were injured.

Loot is one of the retired police generals linked by Duterte to the illegal drug trade.

"Is that s** ** * ***** still alive?," Duterte said.

"Don't give me b**ls**t... General? You're a general problem."