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Palace says Duterte to fire cops this week too


Aside from planning to fire a “top-level” government official, President Rodrigo Duterte is also set to axe some cops in the first week of the year, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

“Bukod pa doon sa mataas na nanunungkulan eh sinabi na naman ni Presidente na iyong mga pulis ‘no kasama iyong ilang mga colonel na sisibakin din sa puwesto ‘no. Ang alam ko po ay halos tapos na iyong imbestigasyon ng mga kapulisan,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview with Super Radyo dzBB.

He said the police officers are facing different cases.

Roque on Monday said Duterte wanted to fire a government official on New Year’s Day, but that he suggested moving the announcement to Wednesday to allow the person to enjoy the celebrations.

The spokesperson evaded all questions about the identity of the official.

Roque, meanwhile, explained that the announcement of the dismissal came after an investigation.

“Mayroon naman kasi iyang tinatawag din na due process. Pero tapos na naman iyong imbestigasyon at nandiyan na lahat ng dokumento pero tingnan natin po,” he said.

“Ang punto po ay unang una eh talagang seryoso po ang Presidente dito sa laban sa katiwalian sa gobyerno. At pangalawa, asahan ninyo po na wala pong sinasanto ang Presidente, wala po iyang kaibigan, walang kaklase, walang kabarilan. Basta ikaw ay palpak, ikaw ay sibak,” he added.

Roque pointed out that presidential appointees serve at the pleasure of the President. He added that career officials can only be removed according to a process under the Civil Service Law.

“Hindi mo puwedeng sabihin talaga na—eh may karapatan sila [presidential appointees] sa due process pero hindi naman pupuwedeng walang dahilan para mawalan ng trust and confidence ang Presidente ‘no,” he said.

“Pero mayroon din iyong mga career ‘no, iyong mga covered ng Civil Service Law, iyon talaga mayroong kinakailangan na due process,” he added. — BM, GMA News

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