PACC probes 3 Cabinet officials

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2019 12:50 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Monday said it will allow the investigation of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on three Cabinet members to take its course.

PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna earlier said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, former Bureau of Customs Commissioner and now Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Isidro Lapeña and National Commission on Indigenous People Chairman Leonor Oralde-Quintayo were being investigated by the commission.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace will wait for the result of the investigation of the commission.

“If there’s evidence, then the President will act on it,” Panelo said in a Palace press briefing.

Panelo stressed there are no “sacred cows" in government.

“If you violate the law, regardless of your status, whether you are a friend, ally or political adversary, a relative or a fraternity brother… you are accountable," he said.

President Duterte won on a platform of eradicating corruption in government and crime. His critics, however, said he seems to spare his close allies accused of corruption, even as he has fired many of his appointees on a “whiff of corruption.”