ALTHOUGH, it’s almost three years into the Duterte administration, there are still corrupt government officials and employees not only in the metropolis but throughout the country.
This only shows that corruption in the Philippines is pervasive and deep-rooted.
During the incumbency of President Joseph Estrada, he commissioned a World Bank (WB) study which listed the low salaries of public servants “as one of the major reasons of corruption” in the country.
Right after he assumed the top political post of the land on June 30, 2016, President Duterte launched a total war against graft and corruption, drawing cheers from the people.
Before he leaves Malacañang in 2022, people expect Duterte to deliver on his election campaign promises in 2016, notably the eradication of illegal drugs, corruption and criminality.
That’s why nobody can blame former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and 2019 senatorial bet Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go for urging the public to help Duterte in his anti-corruption drive.
“Halos buwan-buwan ay meron siyang sinisibak. At marami po siyang nadidiskubre ,” said Go.
Speaking in Iloilo City recently, President Duterte said that reprimand and suspension of erring civil servants no longer work.
Go said people can report erring government personnel to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission as well as the Truth and Justice Coalition that he and Greco Belgica have set up.
In the view of many, various sectors of Philippine society, including the media, the academe, business and civil society, support President Duterte’s nationwide anti-corruption campaign.
It’s because the former Davao City mayor goes after the corrupt without fear or favor.