FILE PHOTO: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and former DDB Chairman Dionisio Santiago
MANILA, Philippines — After the Dangerous Drugs Board Employees Union denied sending a complaint letter accusing former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chair, Dionisio Santiago of corruption, and after Santiago himself denied the allegations, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque retracted his statement from Monday.
He also claims he never said all the complaints were true.
“Unang-una po, tinanggap po ang resignation ni General Santiago dahil doon sa kanyang mga sinasabi na nagkamali ‘yung Mega Rehab. Hindi po siya tinanggal dahil doon sa letter complaint. Nilabas po ang letter complaint upang ipakita lamang na bagama’t ang dahilan ay dahil doon sa mga sinabi sa Mega Rehab facility, eh meron na ring complaint laban kay General Santiago,” Secretary Roque said.
(TFirst of all, the resignation of General Santiago was accepted because of his statement that the construction of the Mega Rehab is a mistake. He was not fired because of the letter of complaint. The letter complaint was revealed to show that although the reason why he was sacked because of his statement on the mega rehab facility, there are also complaints against General Santiago.)
Aside from this, Malacañang remains firm that the Duterte administration will not tolerate even a slight issue of corruption involving any government official especially those who are known close to President Rodrigo Duterte.
However, Malacañang did not confirm if they have validated the complaints against Santiago because Roque said it was overtaken by events.
In the end, Roque said firing officials is the responsibility of the chief executive who is also a lawyer and mindful of the rules of evidence.
President Duterte is also the sole decision maker of who he wants to retain or let go among the rosters of government officials under his administration.
“You know, you’re addressing a matter that only the President can address because he orders the firing of presidential appointees who — in whom he no longer has the trust and confidence. So ultimately, it is the president who decides, who continues to have his trust and confidence,” Roque said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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