MANILA -- (UPDATED) Hours after President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration that all positions for presidential appointees will be made vacant to address the problem of corruption in government offices, Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Ed Galvante told ABS-CBN News that he will comply with the President's instructions.
Galvante said he did not directly hear the President's words but was informed of what he said in a press conference early Sunday.
"I will comply. 'Yun ang hingi ng Pangulo, I will comply," he said.
(I will comply. That's what the President asked. I will comply.)
He also said he will still report to his office but only to clear some of his belongings.
"Papasok ako bukas para magayos ng gamit. But I will comply with the instructions. 'Yung mga gamit na dapat kong i-move out," Galvante said.
(I will go to the office tomorrow to fix my things. But I will comply with the instructions. I'll have to move my things out of the office.)
During a press conference earlier Sunday, President Duterte revealed that he continues to receive reports of corruption in regulatory offices, with particular mention of the LTO and the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Galvante said there is nothing vague with the President's orders. "Kailangan naman bigyan ng pagkakataon na kung mayroong mas makakagawa ng mas mabilis at mas mabuti. 'Yun lang po," he said.
(The President has to give those who can do the job better a chance to run the agency.)
According to Galvante, he was not surprised with Duterte's announcement. He also said he just wanted to be part of the change that the President promised to the country.
He further explained that he has been following the orders of the President since he assumed office.
For Galvante, Duterte's announcement only proved that the President is a man of action.
Earlier Sunday, Duterte said he was declaring all appointive government positions vacant since the bureaucracy had not heeded his call to stop corruption. - with a report from Angel Movido, DZMM
(READ: Duterte declares all appointive government posts vacant)