Duterte under fire for Davao ghost employees

Duterte under fire for Davao ghost employees

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is on the receiving end of a plunder complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday, May 5.

Duterte under fire for Davao ghost employees

Trillanes files plunder case

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a vice-presidential aspirant under the Nacionalista Party, filed a plunder case against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and yet another complaint for alleged malversation of public funds and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

According to Trillanes, his camp did a random check on the contractual employees and found enough evidence to validate Duterte’s scheme regarding Davao ghost employees. "Nag-random sampling kami. It was enough to ascertain na ghost employees," he said. (We conducted random sampling. It was enough to prove that Davao City government had ghost employees).

The senator further provided information regarding a 2015 Commission on Audit (COA) report which showed more than 11,000 contractual workers in 2014 and a total of Php 708 million on the salaries of these workers.

“Ang sabi ng COA, walang job description, pangalan lang," Trillanes claimed. (According to COA, these workers had no job descriptions, just names.)

Duterte has been previously questioned by state auditors on the necessity and regularity of 4,754 job orders for the city mayor’s office, wherein COA pointed out Davao’s lack of clear policy in hiring people fosters patronage.

“The city has no written policy or manual on the hiring of employees particularly under contract of services and job orders. Identification of persons to be hired for such nature rests directly upon the recommendation of the department heads and other officials of the city,” COA noted to which Davao City’s Human Resource Management Office responded by saying that it will formulate a set of guidelines for the hiring of contractual and job order personnel.

The senator having previously accused Duterte of not declaring P211 million in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), also hinted that the alleged P2.4 billion in Duterte’s account may have been from the supposed Davao ghost employees.

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