DAVAO CITY, Philippines— President Rodrigo R. Duterte Thursday confirmed it was Clark Development Corp. president Noel Manankil he was referring to when he hinted on firing a corrupt public official.
In an interview with reporters at the Camp Quintin , Catitipan Duterte said “I did not name him publicly, but it was him.”
Reports reaching Duterte revealed Manankil he has been demanding P2 million each from locators in the freeport.
In his speech during the 140th anniversary of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association Wednesday, Duterte hinted “There is somebody there in Clark. Eh, kasi doon ang balita. Locator, pagka maghingi na ng permit to start the contract- a contractor starts to build–e, humihingi ng P2-million.”
“P——-I–, Ako nagtitiis ako ng P130,000 na sueldo, ikaw! P2-million kada pirma mo? di palit na lang tayo ng trabaho.”
(“S– -f a b—-,I am enduring with my P130,000 salary, You! P2-million for every signature? we rather exchange job.”)
Duterte reportedly told Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on reports about Manankil. It Tugade who recommended Manankil for the post.
Upon hearing Duterte’s statement, Manankil went on leave beginning June 29 as he welcomed investigation into the alleged corruption issue involving him.
In a press statement Manankil stressed “Because I am aware and that I adhere to the position of the President against corruption – even just hints of it – I fully submit to an impartial investigation on the allegations,” he emphasized , “I have never been involved in anything illegal in Clark.”
When informed about Manakil’s leave of absence, Duterte said “Ako pag corruption, dismissal yan, kasi babalik din yan pag suspension lang, babalik din sa trabaho.”
(For me, if it is corruption, It’s dismissal, because after suspension, he is back to office and he will continue).
“You avoid corruption… kaya hindi tayo umaasenso,” Duterte reiterated to all members of his government. He told them to “avoid corruption during my time” or face his wrath (You avoid corruption, we will never improve).-Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph