President Rodrigo Duterte has fired two government officials for ‘sitting’ on a major infrastructure project, which was supposed to ease traffic in Metro Manila, for a year.
Duterte said in an interview with Erwin Tulfo that aired on state-run People’s Television (PTV 4) on Friday night, October 13: “Itong dalawa, may pinagawa akong dismissal. Hindi ko nagustuhan. Kasi ang Cabinet members are only allowed one month to act on the papers. Ang mga directors, ulitin ko, 15 days lang kayo. May dalawa dito na isang taon na halos ‘yung papel. At ‘yun pa namang papel na ‘yung construction firm, na siya ang gagawa ng bridge across San Juan… Ang sabi ko sa kanila, kasi madaliin nga. Ito, almost one day — one year rather — walang ginawa kung hindi mag-upo doon sa papeles.”
[I have made a dismissal for these two. Cabinet members are only allowed one month to act on papers, while for directors, 15 days. but these two, it is taking them almost a year now. And those papers are for the construction of a bridge across San Juan. These two did nothing but sit on the papers.]
The interview was taped in Malacañang on Thursday.
The two officials sent a letter of apology to the President. However, Duterte would no longer take their excuses.
“I’m telling them now — dito ngayon sa TV — I have fired you actually,” Duterte said.
The President did not disclose the names of the officials he was referring to during the interview.