Come out, PACC urges whistleblowers

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THE Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Tuesday encouraged whistle-blowers to come forward and help the government in its efforts to curb corruption.

PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez said whistleblowers could speed up the prosecution of cases
“because their evidences are usually in the form of insider documents or first-hand information.”

PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez

“Whistle-blowers can always seek protection through the Witness Protection Program under the DoJ (Department of Justice). This campaign can be successfully achieved if we want true change in our communities,” Jimenez said in a statement.

“We encourage everyone to come out and participate. If they have strong evidence against those serving in the President’s administration the public may inform the PACC and we will bring it up with the President for appropriate and immediate attention,” he added.

Jimenez said several officials from various agencies such as the Department of Labor and Employment and the V. Luna Medical Center had been fired after the PACC reported its findings to President Duterte.

“With the President’s full focus now shifting to corruption in the entire government, the need to unite and close ranks becomes more critical, as his term of office has already passed its turning point,” he said.

The PACC chief called on the public to throw its full support to the government’s campaign for good governance and accountability.

“The President himself said he cannot do it alone. We need the total commitment and cooperation of everyone, including the public, in the ‘whole-of-nation’ approach in fulfilling his administration’s program of change in the country,” Jimenez said.

The President earlier ordered the Justice department to lead a mega task force to probe corruption in all government agencies.

He warned that more government employees would lose their jobs and face criminal charges by December.

Duterte renewed his resolve to combat corruption after tagging dozens of officials from the
Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Bureau of Immigration and Bureau of Customs (BoC).

“The next round will be by December,” he said. “Many will lose their jobs, many will be separated from the government, many will face prosecution, and many will go to jail.”

Meanwhile, Jimenez welcomed the DoJ’s invitation to respond to the President’s instruction and vowed to extend full support and cooperation.

He said PACC officials and staff were closely working with the task force.

Apart from the DoJ and PACC, the expanded task force is composed of the National Bureau of Investigation, Office of the Special Assistant to the President, National Prosecution Service, DoJ Office of Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Council.

The task force had set parameters to determine which allegations would be considered.

It will initially look into alleged anomalies in PhilHealth, the Department of Public Works and
Highways, the BoC, the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Land Registration Authority.

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