Palace: Duterte still trusts Bello

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2018 04:11 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte still trusts Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III amid allegations of corruption. 

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Bello still has Duterte's "confidence," even after Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission commissioner Manuelito Luna said the labor chief will be probed over allegations by Samahang Pagbabago National Movement for Change.

“That’s up to them,” Roque said in a statement, referring to the reported investigation of the PACC on Bello.

“He (Bello) still has the trust and confidence of the President.”

The group cited the complaint of Azizzah Salim, owner of Azzizah International Manpower Services, against Bello and Usec. Dominador Say for supposedly extorting some P6.8 million.

The group’s secretary-general, Monalie Dizon, also claimed that Bello was signing transactions in Philippine Overseas Employment Administration instead of the agency’s administrator, giving him more access to corruption.

Bello denied all of the allegations and said he will resign from his post if the group can show evidence that he was involved in corruption.

He said the corruption claims may be aimed at derailing his application to head the Office of the Ombudsman or may have been manufactured by those who want to replace him as Labor chief.