26 March 2017

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on the 82% of Metro Manila residents feeling safer in the streets due to anti-drug efforts
We are pleased with the latest Pulse Asia survey showing that more than 8 out of 10 residents of Metro Manila now feel safer in the streets as a result of the government’s drive against illegal drugs.

The Administration’s drug war is well-received by the people on the ground in sharp contrast to the gloom and hopelessness depicted by the President’s critics.

This favorable public sentiment gives us strong impetus to surge ahead in our anti-drug campaign and hope that we continually get the cooperation of the community, and even support of the clergy, especially in the implementation of a rehabilitation program for Tokhang surrenderers.

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on the 92 people in government fired in connection with the anti-corruption drive
The President’s remark that he fired 92 government officials this month underscores that there are no sacred cows in the Duterte administration. These officials came from different agencies of the government, mostly regulatory bodies, where there is an interface between the public and private sectors. At present, no breakdown is readily available.

Firing of government officials involved in corrupt practices does not come in batches. Any whiff of corruption, particularly those who serve at the pleasure of the President, means suspension or termination of service in government.

In view of this, we assure our people that in cases where heads have been suspended or terminated, day-to-day government operations will remain unhampered because the duties can be performed by the assistant heads who may be designated as officers-in-charge while the chiefs or heads of office are temporarily absent.