President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that the firetrucks acquired from the Austrian authorities value more than double the market charge for a firetruck.
In a speech Wednesday, Duterte stated he fired Interior Secretary Mike Sueno in entrance of different Cabinet members for going to Austria and continuing with the Austria firetruck deal which was already being challenged within the Supreme Court for being overpriced.
“Sabi ko bakit pumunta doon to sign, to buy it fire truck worth 18 million? Putang ina, anong klaseng sunog ‘yan? We’ll buy it at 7, 8. That’s the running price now over a fire truck made in Japan,” stated Duterte.
“This guy has to go to sign despite the fact that the opinion of his lawyer, the legal officer of his office, says do not (sign),” stated Duterte.
What made Duterte blow his high was Sueno’s insistence that he didn’t see the opinion of his authorized officer throughout their confrontation within the Cabinet assembly. Duterte felt it was a bare-faced lie however he checked himself from hitting his former marketing campaign booster.
“Gusto kong sampalin eh kaya lang nandiyan man sila ma’am. Sabi ko lang, ‘You’re fired. Go out of this office. I don’t need you’. I am not used to humiliating people but I really got pissed because he was lying,” stated Duterte.