Duterte has no tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion – Bong Go

Manila Times - - News -

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte’s for­mer top aide, Christo­pher Lawrence “Bong” Go, re­minded members of the Philip­pine Coun­cilors League that the chief ex­ec­u­tive does not tol­er­ate cor­rup­tion.

“For Pres­i­dent Duterte, when a pub­lic of­fi­cial is cor­rupt, he has to be removed im­me­di­ately. There are no friends nor rel­a­tives be­cause our boss is the Filipino peo­ple,” Go told coun­cilors dur­ing the PCL’s na­tional board quar­terly meeting and the sev­enth se­ries of Con­tin­u­ing Lo­cal Leg­isla­tive Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram on De­cem­ber 5.

Go said the wel­fare of the Filipino peo­ple should al­ways

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cor­rup­tion by look­ing into the Gov­ern­ment Pro­cure­ment Law to im­prove the guide­lines, so that projects could be done on time “with­out jeop­ar­diz­ing the trust of our peo­ple.”

In a sep­a­rate gath­er­ing of young leg­is­la­tors, Go said he also wanted to re­view the ju­ve­nile jus­tice law and lower the min­i­mum age of crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity.

Go told members of the Na­tional Move­ment of Young Leg­is­la­tors (NMYL) that Repub­lic Act 9344 or the “Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Law of 2006” should be re­pealed or amended.

He said crime syn­di­cates were us­ing the ex­ist­ing law as a loop­hole to re­cruit the youth in the con­duct of their il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Un­der the law, of­fend­ers who are un­der 15 are ex­empted from crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity. They go through in­ter­ven­tion but are not jailed. Those who are 15 to 18 years old are de­tained in youth cen­ters and un­dergo re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Go, guest speaker at NMYL’s fo­rum and work­shop on “Youth En­gage­ment in Lo­cal Gov­er­nance” at

in Pasay City, vowed to push for the es­tab­lish­ment of a youth and sports devel­op­ment cen­ter in ev­ery city and mu­nic­i­pal­ity that would of­fer free sports equip­ment, serve as a sports fa­cil­ity, and pro­vide venue for sem­i­nars and train­ings for the youth.

“I also want our gov­ern­ment to pro­vide free school sup­plies to stu­dents, in ad­di­tion to free tu­ition. Many stu­dents have

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