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Lacson: ‘You’re fired!’ means strong leadership

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That’s leadership. This was how Sen. Panfilo Lacson described Tuesday the sacking of Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno by President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a tweet, Lacson noted Duterte fired Sueno instead of having him resign then accepting it “with much regret.”

“While others would ‘accept with much regret the resignation of…,’ this ONE simply said, ‘You’re fired.’ That is LEADERSHIP,” said Lacson, who earned a reputation for toughness when he headed the Philippine National Police

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Earlier Tuesday, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella issued a statement confirming Duterte had sacked Sueno for “loss of trust and confidence.”

Abella said the announcement was made at the end of Monday’s Cabinet meeting. He said Duterte asked Sueno a few questions.

While Abella did not elaborate, he said the summary dismissal was a warning that Duterte will not tolerate questionable or legally untenable decisions by Cabinet members.

He added that while Sueno had helped convince Duterte to run for president, “this did not deter the President from pursuing his drive for a trustworthy government by addressing issues like corruption.”