MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte announced today that he was abolishing the Presidential Commision on Urban Poor (PCUP), a taxpayer-funded agency created in 1986 by then President Corazon Aquino. Duterte cited corruption for his decision.
In place of the PCUP, Duterte created a new commission, the PCUP-2: Presidential Commission on (the closure) of the University of the Philippines.
”It is my intention to abolish government agencies and institutions that are either corrupt or are a waste of taxpayer money,” Duterte said. “U.P. is one of those institutions milking the Filipino people for funding,” he added.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told The Adobo Chronicles that Duterte’s decision to create the new commission was based on recent developments where U.P students wasted taxpayer money by walking out of their classes to protest against the Duterte administration.
Roque was specifically referring to U.P. Diliman’s annual Oblation Run — a naked protest by students. “While I enjoy seeing all the naked men, I think that their protest against Duterte is out of place,” Roque said.