Duterte wants Wanda Teo to resign pronto!
President Rodrigo Duterte is reportedly pushing for the resignation of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in the face of twin conflict of itnterest situations involving her siblings, Ben and Erwin Tulfo, and her husband, Roberto.
A source said both husband and wife were absent during Monday’s board meeting of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) which has fueled speculation of Teo’s resignation.
Earlier in the day, Teo’s lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio announced that her husband would resign as board director of Tieza and her brothers would return the P60 million received by their production outfit, Bitag Media Unlimited Inc., for their program “Kilos Pronto” on state-owned PTV-4.
But a Politiko source said Duterte was not satisfied with these palliative moves as he wanted Teo herself to resign immediately.
Duterte has reportedly asked for Teo to submit her letter of resignation.
Last Friday, Duterte reiterated in his speech his call for corrupt officials rather than be humiliated with a public firing.
“ If you are into corruption, just leave. I’ll give you time. For those who are into it now, in government, published or otherwise, may you have the sense just to tender the resignation,” Duterte said. Malacanang revealed that Executive
Secretary Salvador Medialdea has started reviewing the DOT scandal last week.
Teo has been accused of corruption for the incestuous deal with her brothers which was red-flagged by the Commission on Audit for lack of proper documents and zero justification.
Teo claimed she was unaware that the ads would be aired in the Tulfo brothers’ show but a letter from PTNI addressed to her in February 2017 showed otherwise.
Teo herselfl acknowledged her husband remained part of the TIEZA board of directors and was even a member of all of its committees while she sat as TIEZA chair. Roberto did not vacate his TIEZA post even though he was appointed by Duterte as board director of a Land Bank subsidiary.
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