Palace says housing exec sacked due to extortion

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 26 2018 01:33 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2018 06:37 PM

Falconi Millar. HUDCC Facebook page

MANILA - Former Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary-General Falconi Millar was removed from his post after being accused of extortion, the President's spokesman said Monday. 

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said a company to which HUDCC owes money accused Millar of demanding a sum in exchange for the release of the payment.

Panelo said the company did not accede to Millar’s supposed demand and instead filed a complaint with Malacañang. This prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to order and investigation and found the allegation to be “valid”.

“There was a complaint. There was a sworn statement and pina-imbestigahan ng Presidente and there was a credible basis that validated the complaint,” Panelo said in a Palace press briefing.

“It came from someone representing a company na mayroong receivables from HUDCC… eh di ata nila nakokolekta. According to that sworn statement, hinihingian siya para ma-release. Twice inulit sa kanya. But the affiant refused. Instead of giving, nag execute siya ng affidavit, nagreklamo siya.”

Panelo, however, could not identify the contractor that lodged the complaint against Millar and what HUDCC project was involved.

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.