Duterte sacks commissioners of Pres’l Commission for the Urban Poor on corruption allegations

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has warned officials who use government funds in their personal trips.

This is one of the reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed the five commissioners of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP).

“I think the President has given top most priority to running after government officials who are engaged in junketing or the government ‘junketeers’, that’s the term,” Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque said.

These are Melissa Aradanas, Joan Lagunda, Manuel Serra, Neo Indonto and PCUP chairperson Terry Ridon.

Roque said these officials did not meet as a collegial body and had failed to perform their mandate.

“The two grounds mentioned to me by the President is that it’s a collegial body and they don’t appear to be working as a collegial body and junkets of the commissioners,” Roque said.

However, Roque clarified that PCUP has not been abolished and that not all employees have been fired.

Malacañang insists the Chief Executive did not fire Ridon for his left-leaning politics.

Meanwhile, Ridon defended PCUP and insisted that they had implemented their mandate with full integrity.

However, he still thanked the President for the opportunity that was given to them.

It can be recalled that the President had dropped some hints on this decision last Friday.

“Now on Monday I will fire about one commission itself. All of them, I don’t care if it involves two, three —  you have to go out. Because I do not think it will exist without their knowledge,” Duterte had said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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