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Duterte blames ex-Davao mayor for hiring of contractual workers

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on the alleged questionable hiring of contractual workers; "The mayor before me did it." Facebook.com/Rody Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte denied he was the one responsible for the questionable hiring of contractual employees.

Addressing allegations of the Commission on Audit (COA), Duterte said over 11,000 contractual workers were hired in 2014 under former Davao City Mayor Benjamin de Guzman.

The COA said in a report there was not enough evidence that the employees’ services were rendered.

"The mayor before me did it. De Guzman did it. Why only now? Wala akong ginawa, basta ang pera dumaan sa ganito. If I can produce one worker of the 11,000, magsabi na may piso dumating sa akin, magre-resign ako bukas, at magpapakulong ako,'" Duterte said in a statement.

Duterte also questioned the timing of COA’s findings, which claimed that the Davao City government spent a total of P708 million for the hiring of contractual workers.

The hard-hitting mayor, however, said that it is important to give people jobs and pay them accordingly.

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''For as long as I give jobs to the people, it's ok. Basta dumating 'yung pera sa tao, mayroong trabaho," Duterte said.

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