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Duterte wants corrupt DPWH officials jailed

President Rodrigo Duterte wants corrupt Public Works officials to step down so they can be prosecuted and jailed for graft-ridden infrastructure projects. 

Duterte cited DPWH regional directors over alleged “ghost projects,” particularly in Cotabato City and General Santos where P8.7-billion fake right-of-way claims were discovered in 2011. 

The National Bureau of Investigation filed plunder complaint against then-Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson. 

The President also divulged the names of officials and personnel from the Bureau of Customs and other government agencies who are being investigated for corruption, including those already dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman. 

“I advise you to resign now. Kasi darating ang panahon, you will be prosecuted administratively and criminally at walang patawaran dito,” Duterte said. “You’re shortchanging government. You will go to jail for that. I have six months to file charges and I’m sure Sandiganbayan will be busy hearing the cases. Galit ako sa inyo.” 

The President identified those facing investigations for alleged corruption: 

Lomontod Makabanto (grave misconduct); Engr. Ramon Hernandez (gross neglect of duty, grave misconduct); Raymund Cabigon (gross neglect of duty, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service); Gil Senen Gamil (gross neglect of duty, grave misconduct, dishonesty); Vincent Butch Gamboa (grave misconduct); 

Atty. Lyceo Martinez (gross neglect of duty, grave misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service); Filemeno Salazar (gross neglect of duty, grave misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service); Vicente Torres (gross neglect of duty, grave misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service); 

Jaybee Raul Cometa (gross neglect of duty, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service); Allan Pagkalinawan (grave misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service); Ramon Aguilan (grave misconduct); Aristotle Tumala (grave misconduct); 

Agnes Fabian (dishonesty); Renly Tiñana (grave misconduct, conduct grossly prejudicial to the service); Geniefelle Lagmay (grave misconduct); Tomas Alcid (grave misconduct); Fahad Al-Rashid Lucman (serious dishonesty, falsification of documents); Dante Baleva (grave misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service); 

Ma. Rosario Acosta (neglect of duty); Noel Carandang (gross neglect of duty); Dolores Domingo; Jovita Aragona (grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service); and Calixto Gabuya Jr. (grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service). 

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