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As heads roll, Palace denies Duterte not happy with Cabinet execs

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 04:30 PM April 08, 2017
11th Cabinet Meeting

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 11th Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room of Malacañan Palace on January 23, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo (FILE)

After President Rodrigo Duterte went on a “firing spree,” Malacañang said Saturday the chief executive was still “satisfied” with his Cabinet members.

“The President is satisfied with the overall performance of his Cabinet unless he says otherwise,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

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Abella said Duterte “would have a deeper bench to choose from with the lapse of the appointment ban on losing candidates.”

READ: Bongbong looms over vacant DILG post

“This, however, does not mean that he will be filling up Cabinet positions with new men and women.  As the President himself said, his Cabinet line-up is filled, except for those positions whose heads are designated as officers-in-charge,” he said.

The President has fired even his longtime allies over corruption allegations. He said he would dismiss officials even with just a “whiff” of corruption.

Duterte earlier fired his campaign spokesman and longtime ally Peter Tiu Laviña as head of the National Irrigation Administration after allegations that he tried to extort money from contractors in his agency.

READ: Duterte campaign spokesman Peter Laviña out as Irrigation chief

 

During a Cabinet meeting on April 3, the President sacked former Interior secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueno over corruption allegations in the Rosenbauer fire truck deal entered into by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

READ: Duterte stands by move to fire Sueno: I know what I’m doing

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In a speech in Talavera town in Nueva Ecija on Wednesday, Duterte announced he sacked Undersecretary Maia Chiara Halmen Reina Valdez supposedly trying to overturn the denial of rice importation permits.

READ: Duterte fires undersecretary Valdez over rice importation issue

The President also earlier fired former Immigration Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles for allegedly being involved in the P50-million bribe from now-fugitive Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam. Argosino and Robles are Duterte’s fraternity brothers.

The chief executive earlier said he had sacked 92 government officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

A corrupt-free government was one of the campaign promises of Duterte along with stopping illegal drugs and criminality in the Philippines. IDL

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