MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte sacked Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) executive director Jose Antonio Goitia for his alleged involvement in corruption.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said sacking Goitia was part of Duterte’s campaign against graft and corruption.
“The sacking of Goitia is part of the President’s continuing mandate to eradicate graft and corruption, and to ensure that public officials and employees conduct themselves in a manner worthy of public trust,” Panelo added.
Panelo said Duterte asked Goitia to turn over all official documents and properties in his possession to the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administrative Services of the PRRC.
“We hope that this shall serve as another example that this Administration does not – and will never – tolerate corrupt practices in the bureaucracy and in public service,” he added.
Duterte earlier transferred the chairmanship of the PRRC to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from the Department of Budget and Management.
The PRRC was formed through an executive order signed by ousted president Joseph Estrada on Jan. 6, 1999 to rehabilitate Pasig River, a body of water that connects the Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay and cuts across Metro Manila./PN