64 more gov’t execs dismissed from the service — Duterte

Published December 1, 2020, 2:25 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

Another list of 64 government officials dismissed over corruption allegations has been released by President Duterte Monday night.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on November 30, 2020. (TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President’s list of former public servants included a former Cabinet member, some mayors, cops, barangay officials, and other government personnel from various agencies.

“We have come to the part where I have to honor my commitment to the people to report the progress of our campaign against graft and corruption,” Duterte said during his televised address Monday night.

“May mga pangalan dito na nagkakaso pero nadesisyunan lang ngayon lang. So you know, iyong naabutan na sila ng panahon. Itong mga ito nadismiss ito with finality ngayon lang itong taon na ‘to (There are those who have been charged but the decisions were handed down only recently. So you know, time caught up with them. These are the people dismissed with finality this year),” he added.

Among the officials mentioned by the President were former Agrarian Reform Nasser Pangandaman and former Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

Duterte said Pangandaman, who served during the Arroyo administration, was dismissed from service. Mabilog was also dismissed for “grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service,” he added.

Some officials dismissed from service served in departments such as the agrarian reform, education, customs, the military and the police. Others identified by the President worked in local government units as treasurers, barangay officials, among others.

In recent weeks, the President has bared the names of government officials either suspended or dismissed from service due to corruption complaints. Duterte wanted to expose these erring public servants as part of his intensified drive to weed out the corrupt in government.

The Department of Justice has recently been directed by the President to probe corruption allegations in the entire government and prosecute those involved.

To help put a stop to corruption, Duterte has also offered rewards to anyone who can give information about “ghost projects” and other anomalies in government.