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Purging regime! Duterte to fire 70 cops, 3 generals, 1 gov’t exec over corruption

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By Xave Gregorio

A bulk of policemen, generals and a chairman of a government agency are set to get the boot over alleged corruption, President Rodrigo Duterte said.

Duterte said on Thursday (January 11) that he will fire 49 to 70 policemen, three generals and one head of a government agency “in the next few days.”

“This is really a purging regime. I think that I have been spending a lot of time just to clean up government,” Duterte said at a Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation event in Manila.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing in Valencia, Bukidnon on Friday (January 12) that the three generals Duterte was referring to could come from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“In that context, maybe the President was referring to Generals in the PNP. Because that was the context by which he mentioned it,” Roque said.

Duterte hinted that some policemen were involved in “allied crimes” of gambling, including extortion and kidnapping.

“Itong pulis, isa ito. Kung hindi mag-abang diyan ng mga kikidnapin, mag-extortion, kung ano-ano na,” he said, adding that the gambling industry encourages these crimes.

Duterte had been sacking many government officials over allegations of corruption and excessive foreign trips.

The most recent to be fired from the Duterte administration is Philippine Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) chief Marcial Amaro III, who got the boot after Marina employees complained about his excessive foreign trips.

The President said he is set to fire another head of a government agency this week.

“Pati kayo you are abetting a thing which we have put our hearts into, itong corruption. I am firing another chairman of an entity in government maybe this week and another set of mga policemen,” Duterte said.

On the heels of this statement, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chair Jose Jorge Corpuz resigned “due to health” reasons, according to the Malacañang.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denied that Corpuz is the government agency chair who Duterte is set to fire.

Corpuz landed in headlines after new Duterte-appointed PCSO director Sandra Cam revealed that the PCSO spent P10 million for a Christmas party for employees.

He refuted Cam’s claim, saying the PCSO only spent P6 million for a Christmas party at Shangri-La which their employees “deserved.”