President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, March 8, has fired Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan from his post.
Per the report of DZRH Henry Uri, a reliable source confirmed the dismissal of Balutan, who was appointed as PCSO general manager in September 2016.
Balutan, a former officer in the Philippine Marines, was also reported to have been summoned to Malacanang on Friday.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said that the President terminated the services of Balutan ‘due to serious allegations of corruption’.
Malacanang also hopes that the removal of Balutan ‘will serve as a stern warning to all government officials and employees that there are no sacred cows in the current administration, especially when it comes to serving the Filipino people with integrity and loyalty’.
“Good governance and public accountability are the twin hallmarks of the Duterte Administration. These are the standards that those in the government must exercise at all times and with utmost responsibility and fidelity,” Panelo said.
“Those who fail to observe the same will inexorably suffer the harsh and punitive consequences,” Panelo added.
The Palace official reiterated that the government’s campaign against corruption, like the war on prohibited drugs, ‘will be relentless and continuing until the last day of the President’s term’.
“‘Not during my watch!’ is the searing message of PRRD to those who wish to violate the the Constitution and the laws of the land,” Panelo said.