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DUTERTE Fires DBM UnderSecretary

Budget Undersecretary Gertrudo de Leon was fired by President Rodrigo Duterte, Secretary Benjamin Diokno confirmed on Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the dismissal of the DBM Legal and Liaison Group Undersecretary should serve as a reminder to other public servants to serve public good.

“The President’s action highlights that no government official is sacred under this administration. Let this be a reminder to all public officers that we are all here – not for ourselves – but for the greater good of the nation,” he said.

Duterte on Thursday said he fired a DBM Undersecretary, whom he did not name, for corruption allegations.

“I just fired the undersecretary of DBM, Office of the Budget. He was lucky because there were so many people. I wanted to slap him. I wanted to kick him on the face. I fired him for corruption,” he said.

The President has since fired multiple government officials during his term to fulfill his bid to stop corruption.

In March, Duterte hinted at firing National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Chief Peter Tiu Laviña, who eventually resigned from his post.

Last April 4, the President fired Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno for the questionable purchase of Austrian firetrucks. Two days after, he said he has dismissed Undersecretary Maia Chiara Valdez of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization over rice importation issues.

In a speech last May 24, Duterte publicly fired Benjamin Reyes of the Dangerous Drugs Board. Before this, Reyes had cited a lower number of drug users as compared to government figures.

On September 30, the President said he had asked Information and Communications Secretary Rodolfo Salalima to resign.  This is contrary to his statement last September 20 that Salalima sent in his resignation.

In October, Duterte dismissed Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar following charges of misconduct, neglect of duty, and other anomalies filed against him.

In the same month, the President also sacked two police officials with links to drug lords, Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio, as well as two Palace employees for “using their influence”.

CNN Philippines digital producer Chad de Guzman contributed to this report.

SOURCE: CNN

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