Due process hampering Duterte’s crackdown vs corruption – Palace

first_img“The CPI could prod the President andhis administration to fire more corrupt public officials,” Panelo said. “Itwill goad us to sack more corrupt officials. Sack, S-A-C-K. Provided of coursethere is evidence to show that they are.” But he noted that gathering documentaryand testimonial evidence to fire these corrupt public officials made theprocess a tedious one as many witnesses were afraid to testify. MANILA – Even if President RodrigoDuterte wants to get rid of crooked public officials as quickly as possible, hisspokesman Salvador Panelo said due process is making the fight againstcorruption a “struggle” for his administration. But Panelo still touted the administration’sfight against corruption, saying it’s not a failure despite the country droppingby 14 notches in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), ranking 113th outof 180 countries from 99th in 2018. “We are in fact struggling because thePresident’s hands are tied by the due process clause of the Constitution,” saidPanelo, who added that it is difficult for Duterte to dismiss all crookedofficials outright since not all of them were presidential appointees. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo center_img “You need to file charges against them,and you need evidence to back your complaint,” he added. “I don’t think so thatit is a failure because precisely we’ve been fighting corruption.” “And as we have seen, the President hasbeen firing top government officials and complains against erring – governmentofficials have been charged in the Ombudsman and in the courts,” the Palacespokesman added. According to the 2019 CPI, thePhilippines tied with five other countries namely El Salvador, Kazakhstan,Nepal, Eswatini, and Zambia. Asia Pacific, where the Philippines is a part of,has a regional average score of 45. The CPI, a rating of globalanti-corruption watchdog Transparency International, uses a scale of zero to100, where zero is “highly corrupt” and 100 is “very clean.” It rankscountries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. (With PNA/PN)last_img