Duterte fires minister who ran his bloody war on drugs

07 April, 2017, 02:37 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Infighting rocks DILG

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he had fired his interior minister for corruption as signs of infighting rocked his government.

Undersecretary Catalino Cuy is named the new Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-In-Charge, said Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Wednesday.

Mr Sueno was among political allies who convinced Mr Duterte, a longtime mayor of southern Davao city, to run for the presidency past year "but this did not deter the president from pursuing his drive for a trustworthy government by addressing issues like corruption", Mr Abella said.

Sueno said he is ready to clear his name and he is ready to face any investigation.

Secretary Ismael "Mike" Sueno of the Department of Interior and Local Governments Secretary in this file photo on August 22, 2016 talks about DILG's "Masa Masid" program during a press briefing in Malacañan. Sueno said he performed his governmental duties with the "blessings of President Duterte".

Abella said the president checked those accusations before he made a decision to dismiss Sueno.

The three undersecretaries were John Castriciones for operations, Jesus Hinlo for public safety, and Emilie Padilla for legislative liaison and special concerns.

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In an interview Sunday in Cagayan de Oro City, Duterte said there are still corrupt workers in government despite his "strict" orders for them not to engage in corrupt practices.

"I wholeheartedly accept the decision of the President".

The MRRD-NECC is the national volunteer organization which helped the former Davao City mayor get elected as president.

More than 7,000 people have been killed in "summary executions" since Duterte began his war on drugs last June, Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo said during a meeting at the U.N. Commission on Drugs in March.

The President, who pledged to uproot crime, drugs and corruption from the country, has previously sacked his former election campaign chief for supposed illegal activities.

He also belied reports accusing him of collecting grease money from illegal gambling rings through a certain Senior Supt.

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