Pres. Duterte defers dismissal of a government official


MANILA, Philippines — Even before the year 2018 started, President Rodrigo Duterte has told Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque about the next presidential appointee he wants to dismiss.

Roque said he had planned on making the official announcement today, however, the Chief Executive told him not to proceed with the announcement.

“So although I was directed to announce as early as January 30, the instruction was to announce in our next press briefing, which is today. But of course, the beginning of the day, I was asked to defer with the said announcement,” said Roque.

Malacañang did not cite any reason behind the deferment of the dismissal of the unnamed official.

At present, the President is studying the law that created the agency to which the said official was appointed.

Roque also clarified that he wasn’t referring to either official of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) or the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina).

The PCSO official is facing controversy over the purportedly extravagant holiday party for employees last December.

The Marina administrator, on the other hand, has been alleged of engaging in junkets.

“I can make the confirmation that the official who I was tasked to announce and may belatedly tell to hold in abeyance is not from the PCSO,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Meanwhile, Malacañang once again reiterated that President Duterte does not allow any of his relatives to be involved in any government transaction.

“That applies to his children, his siblings, his cousins, his uncle, and aunts. No one in his family is authorized by him to have any financial interest in any government office, agency, or department,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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