In an early Sunday morning press conference held in Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte announced all presidential appointees in government agencies; specifically the LTO (Land Transportation Office) and LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board) will be vacated starting Monday, August 22.
"Until now in my provincial visits, I still hear corruption being committed especially in the regulatory agencies," said the President. He specifically pointed to the Chairman of the LTFRB (Atty. Martin Delgra) to come see him personally in Malacanan on Monday to explain.
"The LTO, except who are career officials, consider your positions vacant as of this hour. All of them (lahat), it will number in thousands. Consider yourselves in the crucible of the truth about corruption in this country," added Duterte.
The President later clarified that his cabinet secretaries are not included in the order as "it is too early for them to be corrupted". But what is clear is his frustration on the numerous complaints from ordinary citizens especially from far reaching parts of their hardships in dealing with government regulatory agencies such as the LTO and LTFRB.