• Administration remains relentless in anti-corruption fight

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    The government vowed not to waver on carrying out reforms at the local government level as well as in the police and the military, especially after the Office of the Ombudsman released a report about the big number of corruption cases from these offices.

    The Ombudsman said the leading government agencies with a huge number of corruption cases include the Local Government Units (LGUs), with more than 2,000 cases; Philippine National Police with some 1,000 cases, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines with 200 cases.

    In a press briefing on Thursday, Presidential Communications Operations Office secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said this figure is not surprising considering the number of localities involve and the huge number of individuals coming from the police and the military.

    For instance, the country has 81 provinces with around 100 chartered cities in addition to more than 1,600 municipalities. The police and the military have approximately 125,000 members for each.

    “By appreciating these figures, hindi rin naman kagulat-gulat na doon mag-o-occur ‘yung mas maraming insidente kasi mas maraming tao ang maaaring masangkot sa mga usapin,” Coloma noted.

    “Pero ang pinakamahalaga diyan ay ‘yung aksyon ng mga ahensya. Kaya nga isa sa mga haligi ng ating Philippine Development Plan ay ang good governance.”

    In the local government level, the anti-corruption thrust continues, Coloma said, adding that during the leadership of the late secretary Jesse Robredo of the interior and local government, he tried to improve the quality of service of the LGUs.

    Among Robredo’s challenge goals include the grant of incentives to well-performing LGUs to entice them push reforms, he said. Robredo also started the citizens’ charter that increases the transparency of transactions down to the local government level.

    “Lahat naman ng mga institusyon sa pamahalaan ay ginagabayan ‘nung programa ng ating Pangulo na daang matuwid,” the Palace official said.

    “Kaya habang iniuulat na marami ang mga kasong ganyan, kasabay naman diyan ‘yung patuloy na emphasis by the good governance and reduction of corruption as one of the five pillars of the Philippine Development Plan,” he added. PNA

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