Mon. Jun 21st, 2021
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President Rodrigo Duterte is still determined to focus on eradicating corruption until he steps down in 2022, Malacañang said Monday after the Philippines dropped two places in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index in 2020.

In a Palace press briefing on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte is fully aware of the extent of corruption within national and local government that’s why he’s trying his best to address it.

“The President knows there’s still a problem that’s why he’s saying he would spend the remaining one and a half year of his term to solve this problem of corruption,” he said in Filipino.

Roque pointed out that Duterte recently resorted to publicly shaming dishonest government officials and workers to humiliate them and discourage others from engaging in corrupt activities.

“Now he’s trying public shaming, naming names, to serve as an example that if you are corrupt, your name will be read in public,” he added in Filipino.

While Duterte has yet to personally comment on the corruption perception index, Roque said it is best to wait for the President to make the next move in terms of fighting corruption.

“Let’s see what would happen next,” he said in Filipino.

Roque said Duterte has already designated several agencies to go after corrupt government officials such as the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

He said the Office of the Ombudsman is also there to investigate complaints against government agencies and statutory corporations and officials and employees of such agencies and organizations.

In October last year, Duterte ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to probe corruption “in the entire government”, particularly the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

His order stems from his earlier directive for the DOJ to investigate Philippine Health Insurance Corp (PhilHealth) anomalies.

The probe led to charges filed against top PhilHealth executives, including Duterte appointee former PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales. SOVEREIGNPH

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