Duterte orders DOJ, DPWH ASecs to resign over corruption allegations
admin • May 15, 2018 • 4603
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the forced resignation of two assistant secretaries— his latest move to clear his government of corruption.
This was announced by the Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque during a press briefing in Malacañang Tuesday, May 15.
“The president has advised two assistant secretaries to tender their resignations or face termination for corruption,” Roque confirmed.
The two officials were Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon and Public Works and Highways Assistant Secretary Tingagun Umpa.
Based on the investigation conducted by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), Macarambon was reported to have intervened on behalf of suspected smugglers of gold and other precious jewelry at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Meanwhile, the DPWH reported that Umpa may have been using and abusing his authority to receive commissions from contractors in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Roque said they are leaving it to the Office of the Ombudsman to file the appropriate charges against the two officials while the Office of the President vowed to submit their findings to support the charges.
“Mayroon pong imbestigasyon na ginawa ang Department of Justice at ang Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, na pupwedeng gamitin ng Ombudsman sa kanilang mga imbestigasyon,” Roque concluded.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that Macarambon submitted his courtesy resignation on April 25, 2018.
However, the appointment of his replacement is still in process. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered stricter implementation of road safety checks after a private truck fell into a ravine in South Cotabato on Tuesday (September 17).
Based on reports, 21 people were killed while 14 others were injured due to the South Cotabato mishap.
According to the Department of Transportation (Dotr), officials from several departments had a meeting with the president on Wednesday (September 18).
The chief executive has ordered to intensify roadworthiness checks, improve driver’s licensing requirements, periodic drug testing, and financial capability checks for operators.
“The chief executive pushed for the urgent nationwide implementation of the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) to improve the level of safety and security of passengers,” the Dotr said in a statement on Facebook.
Duterte has also emphasized that private vehicles used beyond their legitimate purpose should be banned.
Vehicles should also have proper road safety equipment and facilities while operators who do not have the financial capability for safety improvements should cease to operate.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the department will improve on road safety through various programs including Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS).
“Ilang buhay na naman ‘ho ang nawala sa atin. Itigil na ang kawalan ng disiplina. Itigil na ang pagiging pabaya sa kalsada. Sa utos ng ating Pangulo, sisikapin naming masiguro na tanging mga roadworthy vehicles lang ang bibiyahe sa kalsada, at lahat ng driver ay may sapat na kaalaman at disiplina sa pagmamaneho, (Several lives have already been lost. Let us stop the lack of discipline. Stop recklessness on the road. According to our President’s order, let us strive to ensure that only roadworthy vehicles should operate and all drivers should have discipline in driving),” Tugade said.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested the Philippine National Police (PNP) to temporarily suspend the operation to re-arrest heinous crimes convicts wrongly released under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law after the deadline for them to surrender lapsed.
In a radio interview on Friday, Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said they made the request on Thursday night in order to thoroughly check the list of heinous crime convicts submitted by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
Perete noted the list contains some errors which could pose possible violence and other problems such as mistaken identity during the manhunt operation.
Also included in the list were some names of prisoners released under parole and pardon.
At least 1,950 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) surrendered to authorities as of midnight of Thursday when President Rodrigo Duterte’s 15-day deadline ended.
The number of surrenderers is higher than the 1,914 heinous crime convicts on the original list given by BuCor.
Perete said they already ordered BuCor to immediately release the persons who turned themselves in even if they are not included in the list.
The 1,914 heinous criminals were freed earlier because their sentences were shortened for good behavior under the Republic Act 10592.
Duterte earlier ordered these convicts to surrender within 15 days for the recomputation of their good conduct credits or be treated as fugitives from justice after the deadline.
He also offered P1 million bounty for the capture of each freed heinous crime convicts.
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