• Group presses drive vs corruption, crime

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    The Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) is pushing for a nationwide campaign against corruption and lawlessness in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s bid to curb crime and graft.

    “Duterte has promised to make the government better and cleaner by directing all agencies to shun red tape and for the public to report all forms of corruption,” the group said.

    It urged the President to direct the Commission on Audit to conduct a thorough audit of all government transactions in the past three years, noting the past administration’s lackluster performance in addressing corruption.

    The group urged Filipinos to help Duterte in his war against illegal drugs, criminality, corruption and poverty.
    The group believes that federalism is the key to attaining the promises of Duterte.

    However, it said a Constitutional Convention is the better way to make the shift from a unitary system of government to federal.

    “The road to federalism is more functional if done through Con-con because oftentimes, public concerns are taken for granted. We would like to assure the people that on the contrary, a Con-Con will cost not greater than P7 billion as opposed to the gargantuan P50 billion estimates given by whoever was trying to jeopardize our collective effort to effect the promised change. We will show to the people when the proper time comes that Con-Con would not be spending higher than P7 billion,” the group said.

    It added that the President may have been misinformed by some people who claimed that a Constitutional Convention will be costly.

    “We believe, however, that this information was just fed to the President that’s why he deviated from his original proposition to hold a Constitutional Convention. Nevertheless, we support this proposition. However, we appeal to the President to reconsider his declaration and revert to what has been originally promised to the people because the congress might not be able to address the vital concerns of the people through Constitutional Assembly,” the group said in a statement.

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