• SBMA chief: Zero tolerance for graft

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    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: Living up to his long-time advocacy, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chairman Martin Badulis Diño has vowed zero tolerance for graft and corruption, smuggling and red tape under his leadership as chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

    Diño formally assumed his post as SBMA chairman on Monday in turnover ceremonies held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center here.

    “Under my watch, there will be zero tolerance for graft and corruption, smuggling and red tape,” Diño said in his first public speech as SBMA’s top official.

    A former barangay (village) chairman in Quezon City, he cited his stint as president of the VACC for 17 years.
    Dino is currently the chairman of the board of directors of VACC.

    “You are aware of what we have done at VACC and we don’t care even if you’re President of the Philippines or chief of the Philippine National Police, if you did wrong especially against the poor and helpless Filipinos, VACC will rise against you,” he said.

    Dino added that he may not have a Harvard degree or a diploma from a financial school but what he can guarantee is he is not corrupt.

    In his acceptance speech after outgoing SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia officially turned over the SBMA flag to him, he said he will continue the success made by the past administration and promised to serve together with the people here in the next six years.

    “Let me thank the outgoing chairman and his board of directors for turning over to us a freeport that is healthier financially than when he took over five years ago,” Diño noted.

    He said, “We will not put to waste your legacy, Sir. I will work hard to make the best of it.”

    Diño is taking over the helm of the SBMA that has achieved milestones over the last four years and on its way to another record-breaking year in terms of generating employment and income for the government.

    Garcia, in his valedictory address, said he will remain as SBMA administrator until President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed the new administrator.

    Garcia held both posts from 2011 until Monday.

    The outgoing chairman said everything is in place (Five Year Strategic Plan) and ready for implementation and it is up for the new administration to have it or make a new one.

    Diño’s transition team is in close coordination with the transition team formed by Garcia for briefing and orientation on operations, programs and plans formulated by the former administration for smooth transition of power.

    Diño said the primary objective is to make Subic the best freeport in Asia in the next six years and he will build on what has been achieved as he wants his administration to usher a new era of change and commitment.

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