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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte did not exonerate Immigration chief Jaime Morente for the alleged bribery scheme inside the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Malacañang clarified Friday.

In an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Duterte and his Cabinet men will take up the case of Morente in the next Cabinet meeting.

“You know that for a fact that he has fired members of the Cabinet who are friends, allies, and has fired many government officials. So, ganun din yun. Kung incompetent ka, he will fire you. If you’re corrupt, he will fire you,” Panelo also said.

Panelo also brushed aside Duterte’s statement yesterday that he loves Morente and that the BI chief is a good man.

“In the same way na mahal niya yung mga tinanggal nya sa Kabinete. Wala ngang koneksyon yung pagkakaibigan natin at pagmamahal ko sayong personal doon sa trabaho mo. Iba yung trabaho. Yan ang palaging sinasabi ni Presidente.

“Anybody is not safe. Everybody is at the pleasure of the President. You do something illegal, you do something incompetent, and the President fires you. Ganun lang yun,” he said.

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