Palace: Fight vs graft, corruption remains in all levels of bureaucracy

July 20, 2012 9:36 pm 

MANILA, July 20 — Malacanang said the fight against graft and corruption will continue, as the Aquino administration remains determined in pursuing the battle at all levels of the bureaucracy.

Although the administration has successfully brought the case of the former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the court, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang on Friday, that there were a lot of things to be done to eliminate graft and corruption.

“Certainly Mrs. Arroyo is considered a big fish but, corruption does not end there. The President said much more would have to be done to combat corruption. And corruption exists in all levels of the bureaucracy,” Lacierda said when asked by reporters whether the Aquino administration is satisfied with the removal or prosecution of the former leader, the former Ombudsman and the Supreme Court chief justice.

The former leader, along with the former Ombudsman and the chief justice, are considered the “big fishes” from the previous administration who are being held accountable by the Aquino government.

“We need to continuously address issues of corruption in all levels and hence, that’s the reason why we had involved the citizenry,” Lacierda said as he cited the anti-corruption measures being carried out by the Department of Finance.

Lacierda also said that the President might tackle the anti-corruption program of his administration as well as the social alleviation program of the government when he delivers his state-of-the-nation address on Monday.

Mrs Arroyo was charged of plunder, including 9 others for alleged misuse of P365 million in the confidential/intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

The plunder case has been raffled off to the Sandiganbayan 1st Division. The anti-graft court will now schedule hearings for the case. (PNA) RMA/PCOO/ssc

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