Philippine Daily Inquirer

DIGONG FIRES 3 LEFTIST SOCIAL WELFARE USECS

- By Julie M. Aurelio —WITH A REPORT FROMVINCE F. NONATO INQ @JMAurelioI­NQ

President Duterte sacked three undersecre­taries of the Department of Social Welfare and Developmen­t (DSWD) over the weekend, Malacañang confirmed on Monday.

The President terminated the appointmen­ts of Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe, undersecre­tary for promotive operations and programs group; Mae AnchetaTem­pla, undersecre­tary for protective operations and programs group; and Hope Hervilla, undersecre­tary for disaster response management group.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said new So- cial Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista could bring his own appointees into the department.

“We expect the new secretary to bring his own team to provide better services to the public,” Medialdea said in a text message to reporters.

‘Not really’ a factor

Asked if the three officials’ connection­s to leftist groups were a factor in their sacking, Medialdea said, “Not really.”

Prior to their appointmen­ts in 2016, Jarabe was a former secretary general of Gabriela while Hervilla was a former regional chair of Bayan Muna. Templa was involved in social developmen­t work through people’s organizati­ons.

Jarabe, Hervilla and Templa were nominees of Gabriela, Bayan Muna and Act Teachers party-list groups, respective­ly, in recent elections.

Earlier, the DSWDsaid Templa and Jarabe vacated their posts on orders of Malacañang. Hervilla also submitted her resignatio­n to the President.

In a speech to the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea last week, the President said he would fire another government official for corruption on his return to the Philippine­s.

“[W]hen I go back, there will be another one. I will really fire you. Sorry.”

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