Malacañang said yesterday that although the goal of the incoming president Rodrigo Duterte to fire corrupt policemen is a commendable pursuit, the iron-fisted leader must still comply with due process in doing so.
Herminio Coloma Jr., Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations, said that they back the continuity of the anti-corruption campaign for as long as they do it in accordance with the existing laws.
“Ang panawagan ni President-elect Duterte sa ilang miyembro ng PNP (Philippine National Police) ay kabilang sa kanyang prerogative bilang halal na Pangulo,” Coloma said.
(The order of President-elect Duterte to some members of the PNP is one of his prerogatives as elected President.)
“Magkagayunpaman, anumang pagkilos laban sa katiwalian ay marapat pa ring tumalima sa tamang proseso alinsunod sa mga isinasaad ng batas,” Coloma added.
(Nevertheless, any action against corruption is still supposed to comply with due process based on the existing laws of the country.)
Coloma stressed that Rody’s anti-corruption actions serve as the continuity of the efforts of the present administration.
“Isa sa mga mahahalagang haligi ng administrasyong Aquino ang pagsugpo sa katiwalian sa lahat ng antas at ahensiya ng pamahalaan kabilang na ang Pambansang Pulisya. Anumang hakbang hinggil sa pagkamit ng hangaring ito ay kinakailangang bigyan ng suporta,” Coloma said.
(One of the most important foundations of the Aquino administration is getting rid of unlawful corruption practices in all agencies of the government including the Philippine National Police. Any step that go towards this objective must be supported.)
Recently, the incoming president firmly requested three (3) high-raking police officials who are allegedly engaged in corruption practices to leave their post. Otherwise, he would name them and put them to public shame.
“Corruption must stop. I would have to ask about three generals in (Camp) Crame to resign. Do not wait for me to name you in public because I will only humiliate you,” Duterte said.