As the Malacañang on Monday said, wants Duterte to get rid of crooked public officials as quickly as possible. But his hands are tied by “due process”.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after the Philippines fell by 14 notches in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), ranking 113th out of 180 countries from 99th in 2018, so the PNA.
Panelo said the decline in the CPI could prod Duterte and his administration to fire more corrupt public officials.
“It will goad us to sack more corrupt officials. Sack, S-A-C-K. Provided of course there is evidence to show that they are,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
The biggest problem is, that many witnesses were afraid to testify. They are fearing for their life and those of their families, because of the power of the corrupt individuals and their families.
“We are in fact struggling because the President’s hands are tied by the due process clause of the Constitution,” he said.
Because not all public officials were presidential appointees, Panelo said it was difficult for the President to just “dismiss all of them outright”.
“You need to file charges against them, and you need evidence to back your complaint,” Panelo said. That makes it hard to fight the corruption.