President Rodrigo Duterte has reminded government officials to uphold integrity and transparency within the bureaucracy as the anti-corruption body he had formed marked its third year.
Duterte, in his pre-recorded message during the celebration of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC)’s third anniversary, asked government employees to aid the administration in its fight against graft and corruption.
“I am pleased that since its creation three years ago, the commission has contributed this administration’s goal of promoting accountability and fighting graft and corruption in the government,” the president said in his message.
“May this occasion renew our commitment and remind all of us that above our own personal interest, our utmost priority is to uphold integrity, transparency within the bureaucracy,” he added.
Established in October 2017, the PACC was given the power to investigate administrative cases against all presidential appointees “occupying the position of assistant regional director or an equivalent rank and higher,” as stated in Duterte’s Executive Order No. 43.
Upon instructions of the president, the body may also “investigate presidential appointees in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police whenever he deems it necessary or appropriate.”
PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica recently assumed the top post in the anti-corruption body after its former chief, Dante Jimenez, died of an aortic aneurysm in January.
Last week, Belgica took his oath before Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta at the Supreme Court as the new PACC chair.
Belgica, a known Duterte supporter, has been serving as PACC commissioner since 2018, along with Rickson Chiong and Gregorio Luis Contacto III.
The official vowed to “strengthen” the PACC’s efforts in assisting the chief executive in investigating graft and corruption cases against presidential appointees by utilizing technology and by reinforcing its information drive.
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