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Palace reaffirms commitment to fight against corruption

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By Prince Golez

The Philippine government has voiced its continuing commitment to the fight against corruption.

In his message on the International Anti-Corruption Day on Monday, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar called for a renewed partnership against corruption in the country.

“Since this administration has started, it has cracked down on corruption in the country. From the national level and local governments to public-private engagements, stringent scrutiny against anomalous transactions and acts of collusion that cheat the public have been and will continue to be undertaken,” said Andanar.

“Weeding out corruption in the government and in our society is an utmost priority of the Duterte Administration in order for our country to progress and succeed,” he added.

Andanar also cited successful anti-corruption reforms implemented by the administration such as the creation of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, the Freedom of Information Act and the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act.

“We are doing these initiatives because corruption if left unchecked, breeds a looming, degenerative, and abusive culture of bribery, extortion, and embezzlement without any consequence. And if it is allowed to go on, it will oppress people’s freedoms, rights, lives, properties, and their future,” according to him.

He likewise said the government is in agreement with the United Nations in advocating for a free, just, and corruption-free society.

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