- Pres. Duterte was recognized as the “Person of the Year” by the OCCRP
- Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte’s award was wrong
- OCCRP editor said the president “has made a mockery of rule of law” of the Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte was recently hailed as the “Person of the Year.” However, the award connoted a negative impression rather than a positive one, KAMI learned.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar reacted to the award given by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). Andanar said the recognition was wrong.
The reason behind Malacañang’s statement was because the credit was “for doing the most in the world to advance organized crime and corruption,” Rappler reported.
“Mali ho, mali ho ‘yung award na ‘yun,” Andanar said on Saturday, Dec. 30. “Hindi ho tama ‘yun.”
Andanar even explained that President Duterte had done the opposite. In fact, the president has fought crimes through his campaign against illegal narcotics.
The presidential secretary also pointed out that the president fought the issues of corruption by firing government officials who had connections to graft and other questionable activities.
These include those who had frequent overseas travels. Andanar added that Duterte did not even spare those who were close to him especially during the elections, Inquirer noted.
International investigative journalism network OCCRP, on the other hand, said that Duterte’s influence made the Philippines “more corrupt, crueler and less democratic.”
OCCRP added that the Duterte administration “empowered corruption in an innovative way” and “empowered a bully-run system of survival of the fiercest.”
According to OCCRP editor Drew Sullivan, President Duterte has “made a mockery of rule of law” of the Philippines. The network even described Duterte as “blunt, swaggering and profane.”
OCCRP added that the president has strongly “implemented” his campaign to “use any tactic necessary” to eliminate the issues on illegal substances in the country.
Apart from Duterte, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, and the Romanian Parliament had been awarded with the same recognition in previous years.
This 2017, however, Duterte outshined ousted Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe and South African President Jacob Zuma for the award.
Meanwhile, OCCRP is an international non-profit consortium of regional investigative centers and for-profit independent media.
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