By Joseph U. Vizcarra

Duterte’s next list: Corrupt public servants

Posted on August 16, 2016

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Monday warned government employees and officials involved in corrupt practices and are “still at it”, saying he will make public “in the coming days” a list of their names.

“It seems my appeal that this would be a clean government is not registering at all in the gray matter between the ears of some people in government,” a composed Mr. Duterte said before newly appointed officials who had a mass oath-taking at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang.

The President -- who earlier read in public a list of politicians, judges and police officers who are allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade -- said there is a need to “purge” the government bureaucracy without transgressing civil service rules or ignore due process.

“I just want to share with you the perennial problem of the Philippines with corruption. It’s still there, I still have to show the rest of the list of scalawags in government. More judges, more policemen, mainly. And some politicians,” he said

Mr. Duterte mentioned in particular the Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board as agencies with corrupt employees “all over” the country.

“Hindi talaga nila ma (They really can’t) control from a central government, dun sa mga regional eh nandyann pala yung ganun pa rin (at the regional level, it is still there, it’s the same),” he said.

On his anti-drugs war, the President took occasion to answer allegations that he is not going after the “big fish”, hinting that he is also eyeing foreign citizens who are into the trade.

“I don’t really want to elaborate on it because it might ruffle the feathers of some countries, they know this. I had several times warned their ambassadors. [I told them] you know, a lot of your citizens are destroying my country. I will not turn a blind eye on that, I said. If I allow it there will be no Philippines [for] tomorrow,” Mr. Duterte said in a mix of English and Filipino.

Meanwhile, celebrity couple Cariza “Aiza” Y Seguerra and Mary Liza B. Diño topped the bill of new appointees. Ms. Seguerra has been appointed chairman of the National Youth Commission for a three-year term. Ms. Diño, on the other hand, is the new chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

For the Department of Transportation, the new appointees are Abraham P. Sales, executive director of the Toll Regulatory Board, and Arturo M. Evangelista, assistant secretary.

The new appointees for the Office of the President are: Acting Deputy Executive Secretary Michael Ong; Assistant Secretary Nathaniel D. Dalumpines; Assistant Executive Secretary, Annalyn N. Tolentino, Social Secretary’s Office; Melissa Avanceña Aradanas, commissioner for the Presidential Commision for the Urban Poor; Presidential Legislative Liaison Officer Astravel Pimentel-Naik; Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Jose Maria A. Concepcion III; and Undersecretary Jimmy Lalo Manabat, Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force.

New board of director members for the Manila Economic and Cultural Office include Leticia Ramos-Shahani, Angelito Tan Banayo, Gilberto Flor Lauengco, and Rommel L. Sytin.

There are two new deputy commissioners for the Department of Finance: Nestor Sumod-Ong Valeroso and Jesus Clint O. Aranas.

For the Department of Justice: Assistant Secretary Aimee S. Torrefranca-Neri; Deputy Commissioner Michael B. Robles; Deputy CommissionerAl C. Argosino; Leopoldo D. Leuterio Jr., Director II; and Deputy Director Rolando Espiritu Asuncion, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

For the Department of Public Works and Highways: Senior Undersecretary Rafael Cunanan Yabut and Assistant Secretary Roberto R. Bernardo.

For the Department of Social Welfare and Development: Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Tempia; Associate Secretary Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe; and Assistant Secretaries Aleli B. Bwagan and Hope Vargas Hervilla.

Other appointees include, Rose Marie O. Rosete-Liquete, executive director of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute; Jay Daniel Rodriguez Santiago, acting general manager of the Philippine Ports Authority; Bases Conversion Development Authority board members Gregorio D. Garcia III and Vicencio B. Dizon; Abraham Khalil Blanco Mitra, chairperson of the Games and Amusement Board; Amabele R. Aguiluz V, special envoy of the President to the Gulf Cooperation Council; Benito Lignasan Ranque, undersecretary for the Department of National Defense; Charade G. Puno, director-general, Food and Drugs Administration of the Department of Health; Nonita S. Caguica, assistant secretary of the Department of Environment and National Resources; Katherine Chloe Sinsuat De Castro, undersecretary of the Department of Tourism; Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr. commissioner of the Department of Information and Communications Technology; Alvin C. Feliciano, deputy director-deneral of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.