By Mortz C. Ortigoza
This country leader warned government brass that “unexplained wealth means unexplained death”.
“I assure you pag sinumbong mo na sa akin iyan I guarantee you, tawagin ko iyan sa harap mo at sabihin ko talaga, mag-hingi ka uli p*tang ina mo, papatayin kita (I assure you if you report him to me I guarantee you I am going to hail him before you and will tell him son of a bitch I am going to kill him),” Philippines President Rodrigo R. Duterte warned them at the recently held Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Incorporated (FCCCI) meeting in Manila.
It is high time for the citizens to inform the media or call the government’s Anti-Corruption Hot Line 888 and report callous faces public officials and their kin who stashed government funds and flaunt some of them at social media Face Book.
I saw some government officials and family members who shamelessly posted at Face Book their palatial mansions, sports utility vehicles, yacht, and other properties that are beyond the means of the salaries of the concerned brass.
One of the parents in an exclusive school in Manila told me how scandalized she was seeing this government executive embellished her body with expensive jewelries like those huge diamond earrings and million pesos’ Rolex watch in a Parents Teachers Association meeting while her chauffeur waited outside with her new flashy car.
“When you go into her office you can see her simplicity opposite to her ostentatious display of wealth when she was in social function. Her salary was only a pittance but look at her braggadocio and pomposity of wealth and ritzy house that everybody knows came from corruption,” the parent scoffed.
Many of these corrupt women public officials can be seen religiously leading masses at church and at the office, one officials of a graft ridden government bureau told me.
“Even the devil can quote the scripture in the Bible,” I retorted on the propensity of corrupt officials unabashedly doing Catholic Church's rituals.
Another government office Duterte should watch is the Department of Public Works & Highway.
Many officials there have unexplained wealth.
Just like the District Engineer (DE) there who was yanked out of the post because of a conflict with the Member of Congress.
According to my source the DE cheated the solon on the division of the loot called S.O.P. that caused the trouble.
Was declaration of President Duterte to murder avaricious, er, greedy government honchos a hyperbole?
Can you still remember Bureau of Customs’ Deputy Commissioner Arturo Lachica and BIR Region 8 Director Jonas Amora who were waylaid to death by killers riding in tandem in November last year?
I am not saying these honchos were corrupt, but they worked in the two most corrupt public offices in the country.
“How can we report corrupt government officials?” I asked BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay when I met him several months ago.
“Isulat niyo iyan, iyan ang gagawin ninyo (Write it at your newspaper, that’s what you’re going to do) or call 888,” he said.
My problem now son of a gun, how can Dulay check any information of corrupt tax officials when he is presently locking horns with Taxpayer Danilo Lihaylihay and BIR Deputy Commissioner Jesus Clint O. Aranas?
Lihaylihay sued Dulay and 17 personnel with plunder - a non bailable crime - on Del Monte paying only P65.4 million for taxable years 2011 to 2013 despite the assessment of P29.6 billion in supposed tax deficiency liabilities.
Aranas asked these personnel, that Dulay did not like it, to explain in a Show Cause Order the whereabouts of the billions of pesos taxes intended for the coffer.
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