AFP official scores whistle-blowers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2011 08:30 PM | Updated as of Apr 20 2011 06:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The new Armed Forces Civil Relations Service chief on Tuesday scored whistle-blowers who also benefited from corruption in the military.

Newly-installed AFP Civil Relations Service chief Brig. Gen. Eduardo del Rosario, a former Army internal auditor, said he is of the belief that anyone who is guilty of corruption should be punished to the fullest extent.

“Those who will be found guilty must be punished to the full extent of the law. However, some have observed that the alleged whistle-blowers are now coming out just to protect themselves,” del Rosario  said in an interview.

He added: "If they will surrender first everything that they have stolen, and then make a confession in Congress or in court, only then that we can be assured of fair, honest, and sincere dispensation of justice."

Former military comptroller Lt. Col. George Rabusa said about P2.3 billion were plundered from military coffers by former AFP chiefs and other military staff.

Last Thursday he filed a plunder case before the Department Justice against 17 personalities including retired AFP chiefs Diomedio Villanueva, Roy Cimatu and Efren Abu.

Also charged were former military comptrollers Maj. Gen. (ret.) Carlos Garcia, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jacinto Ligot, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Hilario Atendido, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Epineto Logico, Maj (ret.) Ernesto Paranis and government auditors Generoso del Castilllo and Divina Cabrera.