- Sacked DILG chief accepted being a “sacrificial lamb” for anti-corruption drive
- He vowed to continue supporting president despite sacking
- He also said he won’t harbor grudges vs usecs who accused him of corruption
MANILA, Philippines – Sacked Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno said he has accepted his fate of being fired from his post even as he insisted on his innocence.
During a Mass held for him on his last day of office, Sueno said he is willing to become an example if it would help the government’s anti-corruption drive.
“In-accept ko na lang kung ano ang katayuan ko. Anyway, sa tingin ko ako ang sacrifical lamb dito,” GMA News quoted him as saying. “Our Lord Jesus Christ, He was a willing victim just so humanity can enter heaven. Ako naman, willing victim just so mawala itong corruption sa buong Pilipinas.”
[I have accepted what has happened to me. Anyway, I think I am a sacrificial lamb here. Our Lord Jesus Christ, he was a willing victim just so humanity can enter heaven. Me, I’m a willing victim just so corruption in the Philippines can be eradicated.]
Sueno stressed that he isn’t angry at President Rodrigo Duterte and will continue to support him.
“Hindi ako galit. Maraming nagalit sa akin dahil hindi ako nagalit kay Presidente,” he said. “Ang passion ko kasi, being a true Mindanaoan, is to have somebody from Mindanao become president of this country… because he will solve the problems of Mindanao. To me, only a Mindanaoan can solve the problems of Mindanao.”
[I’m not angry. Many are angry at me but I’m not angry at the President. It’s because my passion as a true Mindanaoan is to have somebody from Mindanao become president of this country because he will solve the problems of Mindanao. To me, only a Mindanaoan can solve the problems of Mindanao.”
Sueno also said he won’t harbor grudges against his three erstwhile undersecretaries — Jesus Hinlo, John Castriciones and Emilie Padilla — who accused him of corruption.
“Ang masasabi ko lang I am praying for them. I know they do not know what they are doing”, he said.