June 19, 2018, 4:14 pm
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Does Duterte have the guts?

MY article, Duterte and the nation’s health, which was published in the Philippines and in five Fil-Am newspapers in the United States, challenged the naysayers to put up or shut up and allow Duterte, The People’s Choice, to do his job in his own style, and judge his performance later.

President Duterte, with his Dirty Harry reputation, barely a couple of weeks in office, was able to effect the rapid surrender of hundreds of drug pushers and other criminals, practically without any effort on his part, except for his bold threats to criminals during and after his election. His intense battle against drug lords and drug dealers and their paid protectors in the military is very impressive. This is refreshing and most reassuring.

While the illegal drug business in the country negatively affects thousands of addicts and future users and their family and must be destroyed completely, the cancer of corruption and plunder pervasive among government officials and employees, especially legislators walking in the halls of congress in the national, provincial, city, and town governments adversely impacts the entire country and all of the almost 112 million Filipinos. The greatest victims of graft and corruption, besides our economy, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and national defense, are the 30 million, more than 2/3 of them children, who are languishing in the gutter of poverty, many of them homeless, who go to bed at night, not only with empty stomach, but with empty dreams and a bleak tomorrow.

Those legislators and other officials who resigned from their government position to avoid investigation and prosecution must not be allowed to escape the law and insult our justice system. If due process finds them guilty of plunder or other crimes, they must be fined and/or jailed for a maximum term as prescribed by our penal code, since they are worse than common criminals. Their unexplained wealth must be confiscated and added to the national treasury.

The incumbent legislators, government officials, and employees must be screened and cleared of any unexplained wealth by scrutinizing the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN) they had filed. International actuarial experts today can easily, very easily, compute, extrapolate, determine with accuracy, and expose unexplained or hidden wealth. Calculation of the legislator’s inheritance, if any, his income since he was in high school to the present, his investment earning, etc., will clearly show if the SALN they had reported, was true and accurate. Any unexplained wealth discovered must automatically and promptly trigger an investigation, followed by an expeditious prosecution, where warranted. Those guilty must not only be booted out of office but fined severely and jailed, and all unexplained wealth be confiscated by the government. 

Now, the question is, does President Rodrigo Roa Duterte have the balls and the guts to also wage a brutal war today against all corrupt legislators, military and government officials and employees, as he promised?

If he does, he could be the greatest hero and savior of our nation yet.

Indeed, his integrity, honor, the future of the Philippines and the Filipino people, especially those marginalized, besides his place in history, are all at stake. – PHILIP S. CHUA, MD, FACS, FPCS, Chairman, Filipino United Network-USA
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