Duterte sacks HUDCC sec-gen

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2018 05:41 PM | Updated as of Nov 22 2018 06:34 PM

Falconi Millar. From the HUDCC Facebook page

MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary-General Falconi Millar due to allegations of corruption, Malacañang said Thursday.

Duterte said he signed Millar’s termination letter just before leaving his office Thursday for an event in Cavite, saying it is saddening that someone with the latter’s credentials got involved in corruption.

He then cited how he has seen so many officials in his decades in government fall due to corruption.

“Binabasa kong resume kanina at tinitingnan ko ang (I was reading his resume and looking at the) termination (letter), and what deep s**t the guy has created for him. Valedictorian sa (in) law class and everything,” he said in a speech during the inauguration of the Cavite Gateway Terminal.

“When you are there, Sec-Gen, you have the power, you have the authority. You can do corruption, and it can corrupt you, give you a little, it corrupts you absolutely. So power of corruption, and sometimes it is really — you want your money to go to your pocket almost every day. That’s the sad story about this government.”

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Millar’s sacking “takes effect immediately.”

“There are no sacred cows in the administration, especially in its drive against corruption. As the President said, he will not tolerate even a whiff of corruption in the executive branch of government,” Panelo said in a statement.

“We assure the public that the delivery of public services shall unimpedely continue, especially in rehabilitating Marawi City and other affected areas.”

Panelo did not say what Millar specifically did that prompted the President to fire him.

In a statement, Millar said what led to his firing was an "obvious demolition job."

"It is an obvious demolition job. In protecting the interest of the government, I have annoyed some personalities. I filed my resignation this morning," he said.

Millar, as HUDCC secretary-general, had been heavily involved in rehabilitation efforts in war-torn Marawi.