Anti-corruption drive

August 2, 2021 People's Tonight 638 views

ENRAGED people, including the ordinary citizens in the countryside, cannot second lines that “tend merely to denounce shenanigans” in government offices and agencies.

They would rather that graft and corruption involving government officials be investigated with zeal and determination. It must be an earnest and no-nonsense investigation.

And the public ought to join the battle against corruption which, according to no less than President Duterte in his last state-of-the-nation address (SONA), is “endemic.”

It is no wonder, therefore, that a citizens’ group – the Truth and Justice Coalition – now plays a stellar role in the all-out war against wrongdoings in the government service.

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go, a close associate of Duterte, launched the coalition in October 2018, when he was still the Special Assistant to the President.

Go and the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC) organized the Truth and Justice Coalition to help the government in a determined move to wipe out corruption.

“Hanggang ngayon, patuloy itong nagsisilbing daan para sa pribadong sektor sa aktibo nitong pakikilahok sa kampanya ng administrasyon laban sa katiwalian sa gobyerno,” said Go.

The coalition helps the government in fighting corruption by assissting in fact-finding inquiries, lifestyle checks, and other investigations.

Records show that from March 2018 to May 2019, the coalition, whose members include retired public servants and religious leaders, received a total of 4,135 corruption complaints.

Some of the cases have been filed with the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice’s Task Force Against Corruption. Others have been endorsed to concerned agencies.

We agree with President Duterte and Senator Go that it’s high time for everybody to join the nationwide fight against graft and corruption in the government.