Duterte slams gov’t official for extravagant travel expenses abroad

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During a dinner with the Philippine Air Force’s Dragon Boat Team on Tuesday night,  President Rodrigo Duterte slammed a government official for allegedly spending an extravagant lifestyle expenses when travelling abroad.

“May isang opisyal tayo dito sa gobyerno na tinignan namin ang travel. Hindi sa departamento ko, not the executive department. Kung mag-sakay ng eroplano, mag-abroad, first class, tapos ‘yung mga hotel niya, ‘yung mga suite. May isang presidential suite pa ang kinuha. P****. This will come out,” he said during his speech in Malacañang, as per an Inquirer story.

[There is a government official whose travel we’re investigating on. He’s not in my department, nor in the executive department. When this person rides a plane, he/she books first class, and he/she gets hotel suites; this person even got a presidential suite.]

The President said he’s already in the process of investigating the travel expenses of the public service official.

Meanwhile, President Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, when asked who the government official was during an ambush interview on Wednesday, said he isn’t aware of his/her identity.

“Antayin na lang natin kung meron man. Pero linawin natin kung anuman ang nature ng pasaring,” Abella commented.

[Let’s just wait if ever there is. But let’s clarify the nature of this intimation.]

“Antayin na lang natin kung anong magiging malinaw,” he added.

[Let’s just wait whatever it is until it becomes clear.]


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