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Sotto says internal cleansing, leading by example best measures against corruption

By: - Contributor / @inquirerdotnet
02:59 PM March 21, 2022
Vice presidential candidate and Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III

Vice presidential candidate and Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III

MANILA, Philippines — Vice presidential candidate and Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the best measures to stop corruption in government are “internal cleansing and leading by example.”

Sotto made the remark in response to a question during Sunday night’s vice presidential debates organized by the Commission on Elections of what he thinks to the idea of having a single anti-corruption body to stop fraud in government.

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“Singular body to address corruption? The government is too large for a single body. What we need is internal cleansing, we must lead by example,” Sotto said.

To stress his point, Sotto said presidential candidate and Sen. Panfilo Lacson, his running mate, was a perfect example how he addressed the persistent issue of corruption in the police when the latter was the chief of the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001.

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Lacson’s advocacy then was to bring back the people’s trust in the PNP which has been for years tainted with corruption by ridding the police force of misfits.

He said Lacson issued a strict “no take policy” in the PNP even if reward money has been offered by the people for a job well done by the police.

“Kahit anong offer ng kahit ano pati reward hindi tinatanggap (He did not accept even the smallest thing or amount offered as a reward). When you lead by example everybody else follows,” he said.

Sotto said Lacson also “planted” undercover cops in different PNP units which reported directly to him if there are irregularities within. As a result, several erring cops have been charged with both administrative and criminal cases which eventually led to their dismissal from service.

He said anti-fraud government agencies like the Office of the Ombudsman and Commission on Audit “are doing a good job” in cleansing government units of corrupt officials and employees.

Sotto said another approach to get rid of corruption in government is to digitalize all of its transactions so there will be no human intervention, thus corruption will be prevented.

He lamented that Congress has allotted huge fundings for the Bureau of Customs to improve its collection system but it did not go digital.

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“Gusto nila may human intervention eh. Kapag may human intervention, andun ang taga (Because they still want that transactions have human intervention. If there is human intervention, corruption steps in),” Sotto said.

He added government agencies should strictly do away with “red tape” to ease transactions in an agency.

“Sundin na natin yung ginawa namin doon sa Ease of Doing Business which is dapat maximum of five signatures, hindi yung 200 o kung ilang signatures ang nangyayari. So, the ARTA, the Anti Red Tape Act, has been amended by the Ease of Doing Business.

(Let us strictly follow what we did with the Ease of Doing Business [and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018], that there should only be five signatures, not 200 or whatever number of signatures [needed in a transaction]. So, the ARTA, the Anti-Red Tape Act, has been amended by the Ease of Doing Business),” he said.

The Ease of Doing Business Act sought to increase efficiency by reducing processing time, eliminating red tape, and curbing corrupt bureaucratic practices.

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