The who? Duterte to fire ranking gov’t official for corruption in the coming days

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  • President bared plan to fire ranking gov’t official for corruption
  • He didn’t name names, but identified official as someone posted in Clark Air Base
  • He claimed official regularly netted P2 million from contractors

MANILA, Philippines  –  Another head in his administration will roll after President Rodrigo Duterte bared his plan to fire a ranking government official he accused of corrupt practices.

“I am about to fire somebody from here. If it is proven that, kung humingi siya ng pera, may opisyal dito na tatanggalin ko [if he asked for money, there is an official here that I will remove]. In a few days, I’ll fire him,” GMA News quoted him as saying during his speech in Clark Air Base in Pampanga.

While not naming names, Duterte said the official in question regularly netted P2 million from the kickbacks he got from contractors who needed his signature.

“There’s somebody there sa Clark Air Base. I will fire him, maybe tomorrow. Kasi doon ang balita [Because the story there is], locator, pagka-maghingi na ng [when there’s already a request for a] permit to start to contract, contractor starts to build, eh humihingi ng [he asks for] two million,” he said.

“P*******a, ako nagtitiis ako ng P130,000 na suweldo. Ikaw, two million kada pirma mo. Eh ‘di palit na lang tayo ng trabaho [Son of a b***h, I endure having P130,000 salary. You, you earn P2 million for every time you sign. We should exchange jobs],” a fuming Duterte added; while reiterating his earlier warning to government officials to stay straight or otherwise face the consequences.

Since the start of his presidency, Duterte has already sacked four officials for alleged corruption—former interior secretary Ismael Sueno, his longtime aide and former National Irrigation Administration administrator Peter Laviña and Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez.

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