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SACKED | Duterte fires PACC official who wanted Robredo probed
April 4, 2020 , 12:15 AM

(April 3, 2020) – President Rodrigo Duterte has sacked a ranking official who had wanted a probe on top opposition figure Vice President Leni Robredo for allegedly undermining government efforts in responding to the coronavirus crisis.

At a late Friday night address, Duterte said he was dismayed when he heard that Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission’s Manuelito Luna made the remarks.

“Nung narinig ko sabi ko ‘fire him’,” the president said. “He’s no longer connected with government.”

Following a barrage of criticism, Luna has since clarified that his remarks were made on a personal capacity and not representative of the PACC.

Robredo’s office has been active in conducting relief operations and donations of personal protective equipment for the country’s health workers battling the coronavirus crisis.

The president has had an adverse working relationship with Robredo, who has criticized the way he has conducted his war against illegal drugs.

Duterte named Robredo as the country’s anti-drug czar in 2019 after her remarks, but eventually took her out of the position nearly three weeks into the job.

“When I criticize Leni ganoon lang ang language that I use,” Duterte said. “Pero itong panahon na ito wala namang kasalanan yung vice president, bakit mo ipapa-imbestiga?”

The president warned that NBI officials who will be involved in any probe on the vice president will be sacked as well.

“Yung mga NBI na mag-imbestiga diyan pati kayo isasali ko sa dismissal. Mga ignorante kayo,” he said. (Christian de Lano Deiparine/JBS)

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