PUBLIC OFFICE is a public trust says the Constitution. That is a fundamental declaration enshrined in the Constitution regarding public officer in any public office they hold, whether appointed or not.
Days after an involuntary removal of his former spokesman, President Rodrigo Duterte issued a warning against corrupt government appointees.
In his conversation with reporters in Cagayan de Oro on Friday night, Pres. Duterte said he will not tolerate appointed public officials committing unlawful acts or abusing their powers.
“In the coming days I’m going to fire additional people whom I have appointed in government,” the President said.
“This is my warning, even to directors or CESO (career executive service officer) or civil service eligible, you should stop even just for six years while I am in this office,” he added.
As may well be remembered, President Duterte is fierce when it comes to corruption in the government. Since his campaign for presidential election last year, he has been vocal about the corruption in the system of government. He said that he would stop it.
And now that he is already the President, he can now execute what he promised to do regarding corruption in the government. The removal of his alter egos or those under his authority is one of them.
If an alter ego of his really has a conscience or a sense of right and wrong, a mere warning just as the President had issued was enough to stop.
To date, a few appointees of the President were already removed from office due to involvement in corruption.
Recently, he fired his ex-campaign spokesman, Peter Lavina, from his post as chief of the National Irrigation Administration after being told of alleged anomalies in biddings for contracts in the agency.
Also, The President removed last week two of his fraternity brothers from their positions in the Bureau of Immigration. Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles were implicated in the bribery scandal after the arrest of more than 1,000 illegal Chinese workers in an online gambling operation owned by Macau tycoon Jack Lam at Clark economic zone in Pampanga.
On Friday, Duterte reiterated he would not think twice in dismissing all erring officials involved in corruption.
“Marami ‘yan [There are a lot]. I’m still trying to figure out how it will be done,” the President said.
“Corruption will stop and it will stop, I am telling you I will put a stop to it,” he added.