Duterte: No second chance for erring officials

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2018 08:32 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2018 12:01 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the 120th anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City on June 18, 2018. Simeon Celi, Malacañang Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he would not give erring officials a second chance, even as critics accuse him of “recycling” officials once fired for corruption.

“Kapag nagkamali (If you make a mistake), I won’t give you a second chance. No f****** second chance because I don’t own this country,” Duterte said in a speech during the 81st anniversary celebration of the Government Service Insurance System.

The President said he has been harsh to some of his appointees found to be involved in corruption. He revealed several instances where he humiliated some of them in front of the Presidential Security Group.

“Tanungin mo ang PSG, for the first time nakakita sila ng presidenteng naninipa. Pinapakain ko talaga ng pera. ‘Kainin mo yang p***** i**. Mahilig ka sa pera? Kainin mo.’”

(Ask the PSG. For the first time they saw a president who kicks someone. I even fed money to some. “Eat that money, you s** of a b****! You like money? Eat that.”)

In other instances, Duterte said he asked a diabetic official to drink coffee filled with too much sugar and kicked an undersecretary in the face.

“If you can withstand embarrassment, dito ka sa akin (come to me). I will reduce your character, your person to the barest minimum,” Duterte said.

Duterte has fired several of his appointees who were allegedly involved in corruption and other anomalies. He has been lamenting that some of those he fired include those who supported his presidential bid.

But critics say the President does not seem to be sincere in fighting graft and corruption in government, noting the absence of charges against them and the reappointment of some of them.

Duterte appointed earlier this month Manuel Serra Jr. as a member of the governing board of the Philippine Coconut Authority.

Serra was among five commissioners of the Philippine Commission for the Urban Poor who the President fired in December last year for taking overseas junkets.

Serra once served as inspector officer of Davao City’s demolition office.

Aside from Serra, another fired PCUP commissioner, Melissa Avanceña Aradanas, was also appointed in March this year as deputy secretary general of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

Aradanas is a cousin of the President’s partner, Honeylet Avanceña.

Duterte also gave new government appointments to former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon and former Social Security System Commissioner Pompee La Viña.

Faeldon left the customs bureau amid controversy involving the P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China busted last year but was later appointed as deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense.

The President sacked La Viña as SSS commissioner, only to appoint him to the tourism department and then the agriculture department.