Former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno.


Duterte cites ‘loss of trust’ for dismissing head of interior department


MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed Ismael Sueno as interior secretary due to loss of trust and confidence.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said on Tuesday (April) that Sueno’s termination from the Department of Interior and Local Government was announced by Duterte in Monday’s regular Cabinet meeting.

Abella also said that the president warned other Cabinet members that he will not tolerate any questionable decisions or acts that they make.

Sueno was dismissed amidst accusations of corruption and allegedly enriching himself while in office made by three undersecretaries, which Sueno denied.

The undersecretaries – Jesus Hinlo (public safety), John Castriciones (operations) and Emilie Padilla (legislative liaison and special concerns) – have raised their concerns about Sueno to Duterte.

Sueno, for his part, asked Duterte to remove Hinlo, Castriciones and Padilla over “irreconcilable differences”. GAC/Expat Media


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