PALACE: BUDGET SEC. DIOKNO STILL ENJOYS TRUST, CONFIDENCE OF PRES. DUTERTE
President Rodrigo Duterte will not fire Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.
This was the statement of the Palace after the Congress filed House Resolution No. 23-65 urging the President to reconsider the appointment of Diokno over the over alleged “executive pork insertions” in the proposed 3.7 trillion national budget for 2019.
In a statement on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said, President Duterte still trusts Diokno and his confidence on him remains “unimpaired.”
He added, the chief executive considers Diokno as one of the “best and the brightest” in his Cabinet, and his “reputation as an upright, competent and honest public servant stays solid up to this day.”
It also reminded the House of its power to scrutinize the budget and revise or amend proposals should they find any irregularity.
The Palace also asked the Congress to respect the decision about the President's appointees, in the same manner that the chief executive does not interfere with the selection of its officers.