TIMESMAN: Reform or die

PRESIDENT Duterte has started the second of his six-year term with a vow to continue his drive against illegal drugs that already claimed hundreds of lives of the suspects and innocent people as well.

He described illegal drugs a “social scourge that plugs us no end.” He promised to crush the terrorist groups and the NPA and solve the major problems that plague the country over the years.

Another challenge has been facing the President, no longer coming from the outside but within his circle—his own people in the government.

The other day the President warned erring government officials that they would die if they would not reform and stop extortion and other corrupt practices.

He told officials of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FCCCII) that grievances against corrupt officials would be acted upon, especially while he is in office.

I assure you, pagsinumbong mo na sa akin iyan (if you report it to me), I guarantee you, tawagin ko iyan sa harap mo at sabihin ko talaga, mag-hingi ka uli, p***** i** mo, papatayin kita (I will call him and tell him, ask for a bribe again you son of a b***, I will kill you),” Duterte said.

I foresee that President Duterte will continue to have his hands full in the last five years of his administration not only in fighting terrorists and New People’s Army but also in eliminating corruption in government.

As a response the to President’s commitment on public accountability and transparency in government, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III started the ball rolling by issuing an order dismissing from the service the municipal treasurer of the town of Burdeos in Quezon for committing acts of grave misconduct and dishonesty;

A suspension order without pay for one year of Revenue Officer III Evelyn Ramirez of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for making incomplete and untruthful declaration in her Statement and Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) and for travelling overseas without the proper authority from the Department of Finance (DOF);

Municipal treasurer Anita Pacheco from Sagbayan, Bohol was meted a lighter penalty of suspension for one month and one day without pay after she admitted to have failed in liquidating P43,731,89 in cash advances on time because of work pressure, aggravated by the fact that she required documents were lost during the 2013 Bohol earthquake;

The dismissal from the service of Nilda Salazar, municipal treasurer of Mayantoc,Tarlac, and Wilfredo Alido, municipal treasurer of Minglanilla,cebu for various offenses;

An administrative charges and a lifestyle check against Porac, Pampanga municipal treasurer Maria Luisa Vitug has been relieved after P17 million in the town’s funds was found mission last March;

As of this date, 19 erring local treasurers and officials under the supervision of the DOF were already facing punitive actions, according to Dominguez.

While we appreciate the immediate action of the Finance Secretary to the call of the President for reform in the government, medyo naliliitan ako as you will notice that only a small fishes have been reported dismissed. Where are the monster fishes (the big ones)? Piling-pili ang hinuhuli nila! President Duterte will not be happy about this for sure.

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It seems that there’s no hope yet for detained Sen. Leila de Lima to leave her cell after a lawyer denied report that high-profile inmates who testified against the senator in her involvement in illegal drugs are retracting their testimonies.

As for me, it is better that way. Let the critic of President Duterte remain behind bars that limit her movement in criticising the President.

While I would not say categorically that President Duterte will be happier at at least nabawasan ang sakit ng kanyang problema, maybe, de Lima may just think that she is only on vacation. Aray!

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I am selling my old house at Dona Luisa Village, Phase 2, Quimpo Boulevard in Matina despite the market value in the area continues to increase almost every month because of fast development being introduced in that place.

Yes, I need the money so I can enjoy the company of my children and settle some financial obligations, even if my daughter abroad can manage to meet my requirements.

Sa panahon ngayon, as the saying goes: “credit is good, but we need cash.”

Interested? Please call me through landline 295-2034, or cell 09156987421 for details.

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Its first day of the month of August tomorrow, soon “ber” months is within us, and Christmas is just around the corner. Time is gold for me to enjoy more happy moment God has gifted me through all these years. Enjoy while still kicking!

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