Still seeing corruption: Duterte orders all presidential appointees to vacate posts on Monday

  • President said he will sack all presidential appointees in gov’t on Monday
  • Only career officials to be spared in mass sacking
  • Duterte explained move, said he is still seeing corruption among various government agencies

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential appointees will have to start looking for a new job next week as President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to sack them all on Monday.

In an early Sunday morning interview, Duterte said he would sack all presidential appointees in every government agency because of rampant corruption.

“On Monday, I would declare all positions in the government. If you are there because of a presidential appointment, I will declare all your positions all throughout the country vacant,” CNN Philippines quoted him as saying. “It will number in thousands. Consider yourself in the crucible of the truth about corruption in this country.”

“Until now, in my provincial visits, I still hear corruption being committed by people, especially in the regulatory agencies,” he added.

The president in particular identified the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as agencies where corruption is still rampant. He told their respective chiefs to see him at the Palace and announced that appointed officials there can consider their positions vacant.

At the same time, Duterte clarified that the mass sacking would not affect career officials and his own Cabinet members as it’s “too early for them to be corrupted”. He said the sacked officials’ deputies or assistants can serve as acting heads in the meantime until suitable replacements can be found.

The president also reiterated his vow to the Filipino people to clean up the government and warned corrupt officials to reform or get out.

“If you are there to commit corruption, day in and day out, please stay out,” he said.