More names of corrupt execs to be submitted to Duterte

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    PRESIDENT Duterte is expected to name more government officials from agencies under the executive branch, who are allegedly involved in corruption, in his weekly public address, the Presidential Anti Corruption Commission (PACC) said yesterday.

    PACC Commissioner and spokesman Greco Belgica said the agency will submit to the President this week more names and recommendations after validating and investigating complaints it has received in the past months.

    Belgica said the PACC has formed smaller committees or groups to validate the numerous complaints, including those relayed through the 8888 hotline.

    Belgica could not say how many complaints or names are in its latest report k but said the agency has acted on about 9,000 complaints since 2018.

    “Expected namin every week magpa-pangalan po ang Pangulo… kaya po kami todo ang trabaho naming at saka focus kami ngayon (We expect that every week the President would name someone … that’s why we are working hard and we are focused),” he said.

    Belgica said apart the PACC will also submit its recommendations to the multi-agency task force headed by the Department of Justice and the Ombudsman.

    He said among officials investigated are from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Customs (BOC), and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

    He also said some of the officials being named by the President in his weekly address came from the reports that PACC submitted.

    Duterte has named about 100 officials from the DPWH, BOC, BIR, Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land and Transportation Office (LTO), and Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), who have been charged, suspended, or dismissed from government due to alleged involvement in corruption.

    Duterte recently vowed to devote the last two years of his term to eradicating corruption in government.

    He has said some lawmakers are involved in alleged corruption activities in DPWH but said he could not name them in public because he has no jurisdiction over them. He referred their cases to the Ombudsman.