DILG Secretary Sueno SACKED. Usec Panadero and Asec Aldana should also be FIRED. Upon the assumption of the Duterte Administration, that won on the campaign to rid CORRUPTION, Sueno instead sided with the holdover DILG Mafia headed by Usec Panadero and Asec Aldana. both of whom cornered (since the Aquino Administration) the Bids and Awards Committee, directorships to government corporations, promotions, appointments to choice assignments (preferred regions) and massive expenditures concerned with events, caterers, contractual services (janitorial, security), leasing and vehicle purchases. Sueno received a van from Usec Panadero and Asec Aldana to CEMENT their relationship in 2016. In short instead of FIRING Panadero and Aldana, Sueno SLEPT with the enemy. The CORRUPT DILG (of GMA and P-Noy) that was supposed to be CLEANSED by the Duterte Administration, however, was in CORRUPT BUSINESS AS USUAL under the helm of Sueno. NOTE: Aldana CLAIMS that her relative is the BEST FRIEND of President Duterte so while it is difficult to evaluate the real closeness of the relationship from the perspective of Digong, in the civil service, such info propagated to the world will always instill fear to government servants and give a sense of entitlement to the luckily connected.
Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno was fired by President Rodrigo Duterte during a Cabinet meeting on Monday night.
A Malacañang source initially told GMA News that the directive was issued during a Cabinet meeting, after an argument broke out between Sueno and other officials.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, meanwhile, confirmed the news during an interview with GMA News’ Arnold Clavio on Unang Balita.
Aguirre said the Cabinet meeting opened with the topic on allegations against Sueno.
“Sa umpisa pa lang po ng Cabinet meeting eh yun ang aming nabuksang topic ng ating? pangulo. Pero afterwards alam naman po nating lahat inannounce niya na parang terminated na si Sec. Sueno because of some allegations,” he said.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella also confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed Sueno.
“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has dismissed Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary, Mr. Ismail Sueno, citing loss of trust and confidence.,” Abella said.
He said Sueno’s dismissal was announced at the end of the 14th Cabinet meeting.
Abella said Sueno’s summary dismissal “served as a warning that Mr. Duterte would not countenance any questionable or legally untenable decisions by any member of the Cabinet. ”
“The Secretary had, in fact, been instrumental in convincing the President to run for election, but this did not deter the President from pursuing his drive for a trustworthy government by addressing issues like corruption,” he added.
Duterte hinted in a speech on Sunday in Cagayan de Oro City that he will fire another government official.
“In due time, I’m going to dismiss another official, Pu— ina, ang titigas talaga ng ulo,” he said.
A confidential memorandum sent to President Duterte alleged that the DILG secretary had abused his position. Sueno denied the claims.
In a statement last month, Sueno expressed readiness to be replaced as DILG secretary.
“We serve at the pleasure of the President. It is within his power, wisdom and discretion to appoint members of his Cabinet,” he said.
“With the information being floated about the change at the helm of the DILG, I take no offense whatsoever. It is business as usual for me as I dispense my duties and functions with the blessings of President Duterte,” he added.
A former South Cotabato governor, Sueno was appointed to the top DILG post in 2016 by President Duterte.
He was also a vice presidential candidate under the Promdi political party in 1998. —BAP/ALG, GMA News