The new leadership of the House of Representatives has vowed to fast-track the passage of various measures to combat corruption in government.
House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez made the commitment following President Duterte’s directive for a large-scale investigation into allegations of corruption in the entire government.
“In an effort to further the President’s advocacy against corruption,
Romualdez said the House will “work harder to fast-track the approval of all pending measures related to the anti-red tape and anti-corruption campaign of the Duterte administration,” noting their chamber fully agrees with Duterte to end the “deep-rooted, systemic and systematic corruption” in the government.
“We are always in full support of the marching orders from President Duterte for Congress to go all out in helping curb red tape and corruption in all levels of governance,” Romualdez said.
Speaker Lord Allan Velasco earlier said the House fully supports Duterte goal to rid the bureaucracy of corrupt officials and employees in his remaining days in office.
Velasco noted that Duterte issued the directive following incessant attacks against the House due to the alleged involvement of some of its members in corruption in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
“While we are saddened that some congressmen and the institution have been dragged into this controversy, we welcome such probe by any government agency, as an investigation by the House would be self-serving and would only create a cloud of doubt,” Velasco said.
Duterte said the Department of Justice may prosecute and file appropriate charges against those involved in the probed anomalies whether they are government or private persons as may be warranted by evidence.
“The power and authority of the DOJ under existing laws and previous directives to investigate the commission of crimes and prosecute violators shall not in any way be diminished by this directive,” he added.