Duterte announces dismissal of 4 DENR employees on corruption charges

Published May 14, 2021, 1:06 AM

by Roy Mabasa

President Duterte has announced the dismissal of four more employees from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for alleged involvement in graft and corruption.

President Rodrigo Duterte (File photo/Malacañang)

The President made the announcement during his regular Talk to the People as he admitted that corruption still pervades in the current government and in “any government that will come after me and in the past.”

“We are not proclaiming that we have gotten rid of corruption. There is still corruption in this government and any other government that will come after me, and in the past, mayroon talaga ‘yan (It do really exist),” he said.

The President identified the four DENR employees and their respective cases as follows: Preciosa Polonia, OIC-Land Management Officer III, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Albuera, Leyte – for issuance of a free patent in favor of disqualified applicant; Sacaruddin Magarang, Regional Executive Director, DENR-Region XII for grave misconduct, involvement in serious irregularities in the issuance of free patent titles; Amante Burbano, Special Investigator, DENR for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service and falsification of public documents and involvement in the residential free patent applications, and Ma. Babyruth Nicolas, Staff, CENRO-Guiguinto, Bulacan, DENR-Region III for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service for undertaking illegal fixing transactions.

The Chief Executive believes that corruption will continue to exist “for as long as there is a running bureaucracy and there is money involved and there are a lot of tables where the papers would go through.”

“Kung walang — ayaw ninyo wala, eh di sarahan mo ang gobyerno (If you don’t want any corruption, better close down the government). But then again, you choose which way to go. The most that we can do is to fight it,” said Duterte who, in his 2016 election campaign, promised to rid the country of illegal drugs and corruption in government.

In February this year, Duterte already admitted that eradicating corruption is “impossible and “unachievable” within his remaining months in office.

“Don’t expect me to entirely clean as a pristine clean bureaucracy. That is impossible and cannot really be achievable,” he said.