The un­re­lent­ing war against cor­rup­tion

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! -

WHO­EVER said cor­rup­tion in the gov­ern­ment will be swept in two to three years must be dream­ing. Not even with a magic wand can Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte do that.

Cor­rup­tion in the gov­ern­ment bu­reau­cracy was in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized by the BSAIII ad­min­is­tra­tion it is a Her­culean job for Duterte to dis­man­tle it like all of us wish he would.

This week, I re­al­ized that there are over a dozen coali­tions against cor­rup­tion. One of these took um­brage against me for putting to print the re­quest of the Makati Busi­ness Club that their CAC is not be­hind the call for De­part­ment of Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Sonny Dominguez to re­sign.

This morn­ing, the ed­i­to­rial desk of the Philip­pine News Agency sent me a copy of the state­ment of the Coali­tion Against Crime stat­ing among oth­ers that they are reg­is­tered with the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion (SEC) and is there­fore not a bo­gus or­ga­ni­za­tion. They also coun­tered that they never claim and do not wish to be as­so­ci­ated with MBC which has its own CAC. This CAC as­serted that far from be­ing bo­gus is com­posed of in­di­vid­u­als who have con­sis­tently sup­ported the good gov­er­nance of the Pres­i­dent’s war on cor­rup­tion.

Listed as CAC chair­man is Manuel Obedoza, also chair­man of VACC; vice chair is Al­cia Risos, na­tional pres­i­dent of Women’s Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines, Loven­sky Fer­nan­dez, pres­i­dent of Kilu­sang Pag­babago Na­tional Move­ment for Change; Enun­ina Man­gio, VP for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs and trea­surer; Ni­con Famerong, VP for In­ter­nal Af­fairs; Mon­alie Di­zon, sec­re­tary; and John Rana, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer. The mem­bers of the board are: Ros­alina Bis­toy­ong, Gon­zalo Catan, Ed­die Choa and Ma. Teresa Mon­cupa.

This SEC-reg­is­tered CAC stressed that this was in fact or­ga­nized in re­sponse to the call of Pres­i­dent Duterte for pri­vate sec­tor’s sup­port in the War on Cor­rup­tion.

Now that proper iden­ti­ties had been set, and hav­ing es­tab­lished that this CAC is not in fact bo­gus, I am ex­tend­ing my apolo­gies to the or­ga­ni­za­tion for doubt­ing your iden­tity. That is not dif­fi­cult to do as I have been a cru­sader against crime and cor­rup­tion and as a writer based in Davao have been even en­cour­aged by mayor Duterte, now Pres­i­dent, to pur­sue that course. Hav­ing done my part to cor­rect this mis­in­for­ma­tion, may I re­quest CAC to kindly quote ei­ther the Chair­man or Pres­i­dent of your or­ga­ni­za­tion in your futre pub­lic or press state­ment.

Now, let me pro­ceed with the other item in this piece.

Two of the most cor­rupt agen­cies in the gov­ern­ment are the Bu­reau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue (BIR) and the Bu­reau of Cus­toms (BOC). The third is the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH). The BOC of late be­came the fo­cus of graft watch­ers not so much be­cause it failed to hit its rev­enue col­lec­tion tar­gets but be­cause ship­ment of il­le­gal drugs slipped through Cus­toms.

It is only proper that we read commentaries com­ing from all di­rec­tion what the ob­servers are say­ing. It’s up to you now the sep­a­rate the chaff from the grain.

TID­BITS: Mo­torists pass­ing through Korean town and bound for San Fer­nando through Friend­ship High­way are too ea­ger to have the bridge un­der con­struc­tion to be fin­ished by De­cem­ber this year. That’s the tar­get date ac­cord­ing to DPWH Re­gional Di­rec­tor Bong To­lentino... And mo­torists trav­el­ing to Po­rac town have suf­fered enough of the traf­fic grid­lock due to the con­struc­tion of a bridge. Some mo­torists have to make a de­tour and pass through bumpy and nar­row streets. To make it eas­ier for peo­ple com­ing from An­ge­les City go­ing to Po­rac, take the SCTEX and exit at the Ha­cienda Dolores t ol l gat e.

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