PACC repudiates report on PH turning ‘more corrupt’ under Duterte

PACC repudiates report on PH turning ‘more corrupt’ under Duterte

The detractors and critics of the Duterte administration has branded this government to be “more corrupt” than the previous administrations.

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has repudiated such allegations being thrown at the Duterte administration.

PACC head Dante Jimenez said under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte corruption was been checked as evidenced by the different reforms that has been put into place.

Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) head Dante Jimenez
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"In the first place, how can that be true if the President has introduced so many reforms? Like for instance, the freedom of information under the executive branch of government. No. 2, nandiyan ‘yung ease to do business (we have the ease of doing business), the law on anti-red tape, and many others,” he said.

The statement of Jimenez was the response to the article published by American business magazine Forbes, last January 24 which states that the Philippines is turning into a “more corrupt and less democratic state.”
The Panos Mourdoukoutas written article said that corruption and political oppression in the Philippines stay “intact,” supposedly preventing the country from “developing modern infrastructure, attracting foreign capital, lowering unemployment, sustain(ing) economic growth, and escap(ing) poverty.”

The Forbes’ article read: “The Philippines is getting a more corrupt and less democratic state under President Rodrigo Duterte.”
Jimenez slams the  statement because the critics are focusing on allegations on “perception” instead of “reality”

“Perception is different from the reality that is happening in the Philippines. So I would say that these are all paninira sa (false accusations against the) successful campaign of the President against corruption,” he said.

Anti-corruption drive is “very successful”

Jimenez said contrary to the reports the Duterte administration campaign against corruption in government has come to fruition.
He said since 2016, the fight against corruption has been “very successful.”
“In three years time, noong nakita ko sa kanyang campaign (I noticed that his campaign), especially with the creation of PACC, (has turned out to be) very, very successful,” the PACC chief said.
“Sa (For) PACC, as far as we are concerned, our assessment of the anti-corruption campaign of the President has been so far a success,” he added.
The President since assuming office in Malacanang has made it public that he has zero-tolerance for corruption.

“Ang importante, marami na kaming nakasuhan sa Ombudsman, marami nang natanggal si Presidente (What’s important is many have been charged before the Ombudsman, and many have already been fired by the President),” Jimenez said.

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