PEACE STAKEHOLDERS have urged the Commission on Audit to examine the funds of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process or OPAPP and whether it was well spent in accordance with the agency’s mandate and mission.
This after President Rodrigo Duterte fired last week OPAPP Undersecretary Ronald Flores and Director Yeshter Donn Baccay on corruption allegations. OPAPP chief Jesus Dureza also resigned following the sacking of his 2 executives.
“I fired Usec Ronald Flores from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Peace Process. And there is a guy there working Director IV, Yeshter Donn Baccay,” Duterte said, adding, he also accepted Dureza’s resignation.
“I am very sad that I accepted the resignation of Secretary Dureza,” he said, noting that he is set to fire another official soon.
Duterte admitted that the reason for the dismissal of the two officials was corruption. “And Dureza treated the matter as command responsibility so he thought that it was only proper that with the involvement of his two subordinates — he offered to resign and I accepted his resignation,” he said.
He said Dureza is unlikely to head another post. “He did not ask for anything,” Duterte said, adding that all positions in his Cabinet are occupied. (PND)
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