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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte said he took offense on the remark of former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chief Dionisio Santiago about the mega-drug rehabilitation facility in Nueva Ecija.

This after it was revealed that Duterte asked Santiago to resign over his that the facility was “ineffective” since it crowds the drug suspects together while cutting their ties from their families.

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017.
(ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Duterte, in his pre-departure statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Wednesday afternoon, said Santiago should have done what he thinks was better during the previous administration.

“Nagbitaw siya ng salita (He said) that it is a waste of money, that it is not the right approach. You know, you saw him in the previous administration, he was there. Bakit hindi niya ginawa (Why did he not do it)?” Duterte said.

According to the President, Santiago could have asked for a meeting with him to discuss about the issue, instead of telling it to the media.

“He came up with a very incongruous statement that I was offended. He could have asked me for an audience and then tell me all about it,” he said.

“Kaya kita nilagay diyan (I put you there), not to issue statements to the press. Nilagay kita diyan para magpunta ka sa akin kung ano ang problema sa bayan natin at turuan mo ako kung nagkulang ako, kung ano ang dapat kong gawin (I put you there so you can go to me, tell me what the problem is, and teach me where I lack and what should I do). But you do not go open to the press and start to blabber,” he added.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea was the one who relayed Duterte’s instruction for Santiago to step down.

Santiago, on the other hand, accepted Duterte’s order and filed his irrevocable resignation Monday.

“Malacañang knows best. The boss is always right,” Santiago said in an interview over ABS-CBN Tuesday.

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