Palace pleased with gov’t branches’ support to DOJ corruption probe

Published October 31, 2020, 10:28 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang said it is glad that the different branches of government are cooperating with the investigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the corruption in the entire government.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. (YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after the Congress welcomed President Duterte’s order to the DOJ to launch a probe on the corruption in government until the end of his term.

In a radio interview, Roque said that the Palace is happy with the Congress’ willingness to cooperate with the investigation.

“Nagagalak naman po tayo na nagko-cooperate po ang iba’t ibang sangay ng gobyerno (We are happy that the different branches of government are cooperating with us),” he said.

According to Roque, everyone, even lawmakers, are covered by the investigation of the DOJ.

“Ang obligasyon po ng Presidente ay ipatupad ang batas (It is the President’s duty to implement the law),” he said.

“Iyan po ay ang batas naman natin na sumasakop sa mga public officials, lahat po iyan ay sakop (The law he is implementing covers public officials so everybody will be covered),” he added.

He, however, cited the difference when it comes to the Judiciary and the Legislative branches of government.

“Mayroon po talagang mga jurisprudence diyan: Sa Supreme Court, tanging Supreme Court lang ang pupuwedeng magdisiplina ng mga huwes ‘no. So in that sense, hindi talaga magagalaw (There really is jurisprudence there. When it comes to the Supreme Court, it is the only one who can discipline the judges. In that sense, we cannot really touch on that),” Roque explained.

This week, President Duterte ordered the DOJ to look into the corruption in the entire government as he vowed to devote his attention to eliminating corruption for the rest of his term.