Duterte fires, suspends all officials recommended by anti-corruption body: chief

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 21 2019 10:06 AM

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MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has acted on all recommendations of his anti-corruption body, its chief said Wednesday.

Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) chief Greco Belgica said his department has recommended some 60 government officials to be suspended or removed from their post.

"Modestly I’d say 100 percent. Lahat ng nirerekomenda namin sa pangulo sinisibak niya (he fires everyone we recommend to him)," he told ANC's Early Edition.

"In fact there are people and officials that we recommended to be suspended but when it got to the President, he fired them."

Belgica, however, refused to name the "high-ranking" officials, who he said were Cabinet and Assistant Secretaries.

Cabinet officials that have cases at the anti-corruption body and were transferred to another position are still being investigated, he said.

"Our recommendation goes straight to the President. Senator (Bong) Go and I raise it to the president personally bukod pa sa (aside from the) official route through Executive Secretary (Salvador) Medialdea. And the President acts very swiftly," he added.

The PACC earlier said it was conducting a “lifestyle check” on at least 200 government officials, which was separate from its investigation on top officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, which Duterte recently accused of “massive corruption.”

Belgica said the PACC has created a task force along with the National Bureau of Investigation, Anti-Money Laundering Council, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, and the police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to help in the conduct of lifestyle checks.