Bilang na ang araw ng mga tiwali sa gobyerno.
Inatasan kahapon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang Department of Justice (DOJ) na palawigin ang kanilang imbestigasyon kontra graft and corruption sa iba’t ibang ahensyang sakop ng gobyerno.
“I hope all government workers, officials are listening. This is a memorandum from me, the President, to Sec. Menardo Guevarra, Department of Justice (DOJ). Ang subject is [to] investigate allegations of corruption in the entire government. Lahat,” utos ni Pangulong Duterte.
Partikular na tinukoy ni Pangulong Duterte ang alegasyon ng kurapsyon sa Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) at aniya, sila ang una sa listahan.
“This is my second call for a total campaign against corruption. The task force that I had formed — they are all lawyers, engineers, doctors — this time, we will look into every department. But upon my request, behest, to focus on corruption in the DPWH,” pahayag ni Pangulong Duterte.
Kamakailan, ibinunyag ni Pangulong Duterte ang talamak na kurapsyon sa DPWH at dawit din umano rito ang ilang matataas na opisyal ng ahensya.
Sa kabila nito, binigyang linaw ni Pangulong Duterte na tiwala pa rin siya sa pamumuno ni DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.
“Let me state here and now: I have nothing against Secretary Villar. He’s one of the hardworking and has many accomplishments. But accomplishments alone, to me, should not suffice, but not for Secretary Villar, because it’s not his job to be running after crooks,” paglilinaw ni PRRD.
Nakapaloob sa direktiba ng Pangulo na maaaring bumuo ang DOJ ng ilang task force na makatutulong sa kanilang imbestigasyon. Dagdag pa niya, epektibo ang direktibang ito hanggang sa huling araw niya sa pwesto.
Pinaunlakan naman ni DOJ Sec. Guevarra ang atas sa kanya ng Pangulo at aniya, bubuo siya ng ilang “strike force” na sabay-sabay magsasagawa ng imbestigasyon sa mga corruption-prone agencies.
“Apart from my usual responsibilities as SOJ, this new assignment is the toughest I have ever received from the President. I will need all the support and cooperation of the entire government machinery to achieve this singular objective of substantially reducing corruption in government. But as I have said, the first order of the day is to organize the main task force and determine the overall strategy,” pahayag ni Sec. Guevarra.
Nagbabala naman si Pangulong Duterte na papatawan ng suspensyon ang mga madadawit sa kurapsyon sa mga susunod na araw.
“And as the same, I will order your suspension. I need not go to court. As I said, in this presidency, I am not inutile because if I am inutile. I would leave my post and give it to others. So, in the coming days expect suspension. If I suspend you, I have doubts. I would not suspend anyone who has not made a mistake,” babala ni Pangulong Duterte.
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