Duterte imposes no overseas travel policy for officials

  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech at the start of a state dinner hosted by Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam held at Istana presidential palace in Singapore on December 15, 2016. Duterte is on a two-day state visit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / WALLACE WOON

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would impose a “no travel” policy starting January 1 for all officials in the Executive Department, The Manila Times Online reported on Friday (Dec 22).

He warned that officials who travelled abroad almost every month should better pack up and leave their positions.

“Well, I do not want to interfere with Congress and the Supreme Court, that’s yours.  Dito sa akin (In my branch), no travel now.  I’ll cut it or whatever, except the diplomats, the ambassadors,” said Duterte in a speech during the commissioning of BRP Lapu-Lapu and BRP Francisco Dagohoy in Sasa Wharf, Davao City on Thursday (Dec 22).

He said he didn’t want to humiliate any individuals, but advised them to resign.

About a week ago, Duterte fired Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor Chairman Terry Ridon and four other commissioners over supposed unnecessary travels abroad.  

On Dec 8, the Palace also fired Elba Cruz as president of the Development Academy of the Philippines for the same reason.