Did President Rodrigo Duterte fireplace former Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno by mistake over corruption allegations?
Doubts over Duterte’s resolution have surfaced following the discharge of a supposed confidential memorandum detailing the alleged shenanigans of three undersecretaries of the Department of Interior and Local Government: Jesus Hinlo, Emily Padilla and John Castriciones.
The six-page doc, which was reportedly despatched by “concerned citizens and employees” to Duterte, claimed that the three undersecretaries plotted to have Sueno eliminated early in his time period and wanted to profit from their very own posts in any approach attainable.
Of all of the rackets the undersecretaries engaged in, the paper claimed the more serious was their request for Sueno to give them the P50-million fund for federalism with none paperwork.
The officers even lowered their request to P20 million after Sueno refused.
It was Sueno’s response that made Hinlo, Padilla and Castriciones decided to have him fired since “he can’t be made to play along with them,” the memo learn.
Hinlo, the paper claimed, was additionally engaged in “money making enterprises” involving the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology reminiscent of “skimming off prisoners’ meal allowance, promotion for sale and reassignment of personnel.” He additionally had hyperlinks to alleged drug lord Edgar “Tolikoy” Mellama.
Sueno reportedly confronted Hinlo in regards to the allegations in opposition to him, which the latter denied. The rumors grew to become so persistent that the previous Interior Secretary was compelled to inform the undersecretary someday in January that he had to be fired.
Padilla, in the meantime, reportedly undertook actions associated to selling federalism even when she had no authority to achieve this. She has additionally but to account for the bills she and her workers incurred for these endeavors.
Castriciones reportedly “appointed himself” as Undersecretary of Finance, Legal and Administration even when he lacked official papers.
“[He] took visitors in, had an office, hired his staff, demanded vehicles from the department, like a legally appointed undersecretary,” the paper mentioned.
The three undersecretaries reportedly joined forces to have Sueno eliminated by claiming that the DILG’s multimillion-peso ourchase of firetrucks was riddled with irregularities even when the contract was signed through the Aquino administration.
Duterte repeatedly talked about the expensive firetrucks and Sueno’s incapability to justify the acquisition as the rationale why he was fired.
The entities behind the confidential memo appealed to the President to fireplace Hinlo, Padilla and Castriciones to cease the corruption inside the DILG.