08 December 2016

Duterte pledges at UNCAC: No corruption
President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his commitment Wednesday to eliminate corruption in government and put an end to decades long abuses in the bureaucracy.

Filipinos are fed up with corruption and this is the reason why he was elected president due to his strong stance against it as well as illegal drugs and criminality.

“I will give you a respite of this so many generations of corruption in this country. We are like a plane on the verge of a takeoff and yet cannot lift, there is no lift because of corruption,” President Duterte said in his speech during the 4th State Conference of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption Implementation Review in Malacañan Palace attended by members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

“Iyan talaga ang totoo diyan. Everywhere including sa baba, local governments,” he added.

The President particularly cited the construction of infrastructures in the country, which he said is almost always done by officials engaged in corruption and abuses.

In order to protect government funds, he said he would personally supervise the constructions of infrastructures in Jolo and Basilan, noting it will be undertaken by the Office of the President and handled by the military. 

“At ako mismo ang magtingin doon, the hospitals and all. Otherwise, walang dadating doon,” he said. “Ako na mismo ang mag-supervise. Ibigay ko sa engineering battalion. You go down Sabah. Construction of the roads there. Mga engineering brigades there. So may makuha po ako diyan kabutihan.”

He is not casting any aspersion, he said, but it’s the reality. It’s either he does not extend help, withhold the money or help and do it.

His government is also addressing red tape, the President said. 

He particularly cited the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) wherein he said in the past it would take two to three years to get the papers processed and released, but now under his administration, it only takes a month.

He also mentioned the reforms in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) headed by Commissioner Caesar “Billy” Dulay.

“Kay Billy Dulay, sabi niya three days. Kasi ‘yung ano, the longer they squat on the documents, pera-pera talaga ‘yan. So, it needs to be corrected now,” he said.

“There will be no corruption. I will assure you 100 percent,” the President stressed.###PND

Statement from the Office of the Communications Secretary
The recent pronouncements of the President pertaining to the PNP, standing by his men, are critical to maintaining their high morale, with the end in view of succeeding in the anti-drug campaign.

It should not be misinterpreted to mean that the President will intervene in investigations or any legal proceedings in order to exculpate erring cops.

On the contrary, what should be underscored is the very clear statement of the President that while he continues to adhere to the presumption of regularity in the PNP’s perfomance of its duties, he states in no uncertain terms that he will not interfere with any legal proceeding which will be brought against some members of the police force who are suspected of wrongdoing.

As he said, the NBI should file cases against those who they deemed to have violated laws, and that he would not intervene in these proceedings.

In the same vein, the President respects and upholds the constitutional rights of our people to voice out grievances and even dissent against the policies and decisions of the administration.

However, the President will not condone any unlawful move to wrest power from all duly elected officials of the government, including himself, who carry the mandate not only of the Filipinos who voted for them, but also of all Filipinos who firmly believe in the ideals of democracy and the rule of law. Any such ploy beyond the bounds of the law shall not be tolerated.

Philhealth package saves boy with heart problem

Abdul Rahim Janael, a four-year old boy, whose parents are from Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, survived – thanks to Duterte Administration’s Philhealth Z-Benefit Package for Congenital Health Conditions.

“President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of Health (DOH), through PhilHealth, helped the young patient, from a less fortunate family, get a corrective surgery with no out-of-pocket (expenses) at all,” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial disclosed.

Little Janael was diagnosed with ventricular septal defect, or a hole in the heart, and went under the knife at the Philippine Heart Center for congenital heart disease treatment on November 11.

The boy is all well and actively playing now.

The government through PhilHealth’s Z-Benefit Package for Congenital Health Conditions shouldered the high cost of treatment.  The Z-Benefit Package is being offered to PhilHealth members, including their qualified dependents, to address health conditions that trigger prolonged hospitalization and very expensive treatments.

True to his words, the President, through the DOH, is providing Filipinos, especially the underserved, equal access to quality health care and medical services. 

“Everyday across the country, we are helping more and more poor Filipinos access quality health care with no cash out,” Secretary Ubial added.

Ventricular septal defect is regarded as one of the most common congenital heart defects and entails expensive treatment.###MARO-CONTENT