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Duterte offers P30,000 for information on corrupt local execs in Covid aid distribution

By Ma. Reina Leanne Tolentino, TMT/The Manila Times

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte offered a P30,000 reward for information on corrupt local officials in the distribution of aid amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

“Inatasan po ako ng ating Pangulo na inanunsyo na sa kagustuhan po ng ating Pangulo na matigil ‘yung pangungurakot pagdating po sa SAP at iba pang ayuda ng gobyerno…siya po ay magbibigay ng pabuya ng P30,000 sa lahat po ng magre-report ng mga local officials na kumakana o kinukurakot ang mga ayuda para po sa mga mahihirap (I have been assigned by our President to amnounce that in his desire to stop corruption in SAP and other government aid, he is offering a P30,000 reward to anyone who will report local officials who are stealing aid for the poor),” said Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in a briefing after midnight on Tuesday.

SAP is the Social Amelioration Program.

“Tumawag lang po kayo sa 8888. Siyempre po kung gusto niyo ng ayuda ay mag-iiwan kayo ng pangalan at telephone number at ‘pag napatunayan po ‘yung inyong reklamo sa korapsyon laban sa mga lokal na opisyales na kinukurakot ‘yung mga ayuda na pinamimigay ng gobyerno, P30,000 po ang pabuya na ibibigay ng ating Presidente sa inyo(Just call 8888. Of course if you want the reward, you will have to leave your name and telephone number and if your complaint of corruption is proven against these officials, our President will give you the P30,000 reward),” Roque said.

“Alinsunod po ito sa zero tolerance ng ating Presidente laban sa korapsyon, lalong lalo na po doon sa mga kumakana at kumukurakot ng ayuda para sa mga mahihirap (This is in line with the President’s zero tolerance against corruption, especially those who are stealing aasistance from the poor),” he said.In a public address shortly before midnight on Monday, Duterte asked mayors to look into the people they have commissioned to distribute cash aid.

The President then mentioned Danilo Flores, a village councilor from Agustin in Hagonoy, Bulacan, whom he accused of stealing money from the poor.

Police had reportedly arrested Flores on Saturday on the President’s order.


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