WATCH! Totoong Dahilan Ng Pagsibak Sa Puwesto Ni Pres Duterte Kay DILG Sec Sueno!
President Rodrigo Duterte fired Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno because of corruption allegations being pinned against him.
It was due to "loss of trust and confidence." said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in his interview after the Cabinet meeting Monday evening.
"The President had earlier asked a few questions of Mr. Sueno but the summary dismissal served as a warning that Mr. Duterte would not countenance any questionable or legally untenable decisions by any member of the Cabinet," Abella said.
In a Tuesday press briefing, Abella said Duterte looked into possibly illegal public transactions that Sueno may have entered into, which formed part of the reason for his dismissal.
"The President is very serious about restoring trust in the government," he said. "The major implication is that the President will not countenance even a whiff of corruption."
Sueno's dismissal comes after the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Council (MRRD-NECC), in a confidential letter, accused Sueno of allegedly abusing his power as the DILG head.
Abella said the President has yet to say if Sueno will be investigated further.
Meanwhile, although there is no confirmation from the spokesperson, the press implied that Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. could be the one to replace the dismissed Sueno.