Royina Garma fought crime and corruption when she was anti-vice boss in Davao City and police chief of Cebu City.

PCSO boss Garma personally asked for Duterte’s help in stopping corruption: Shutting all games is President’s call

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Royina Garma fought crime and corruption when she was anti-vice boss in Davao City and police chief of Cebu City.

But after a month into her job as Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager, Garma realized she could not slay corruption in her agency without the help of her mentor President Rodrigo Duterte.

In an interview with reporters, Senator Bong Go said: “She reported na kailangan niya po ng tulong ng Pangulo dahil talagang hirap siyang sugpuin ang korapsyon sa PCSO…Hiniling niya kay Pangulo na tulungan siyang sugpuin ang korapsyon at maibalik ang mga losses.”

Go said that two hours after their meeting, Duterte issued his video message ordering the military and police to close all PCSO lotto, Small Town Lottery, Peryahan ng Bayan, and Keno shops. Go said it was the President, not Garma, who made the call to close PCSO effective July 27 due to massive corruption.

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Walang shootout! Lawmaker believes killing of Calbayog mayor planned

By Billy Begas

Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento on Tuesday refuted the claim of policemen that Calbayog City Mayor Ronald Aquino was killed in a shootout.

Sarmiento also urged the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct the investigation believing that the Philippine National Police will not do an impartial probe. He also asked the help of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I can’t get justice from the Philippine National Police, I believe so,” said Sarmiento. “Ako’y nasasaktan na pinalalabas na shootout doon po sa ground zero. Maliwanag na maliwanag na sinasabi ng mga witnesses na talagang binaril muna ang sasakyan ni mayor.”

He said several witnesses saw the police opening fire at the vehicle of Aquino on Monday. The men on the vehicle were able to retaliate, killing two policemen in the process.

“Ako’y nagtataka bakit naka-bonnet at saka naka M-203 pa. Talagang handang-handa. Hindi ko maintindihan,” said Sarmiento.

PNP Chief Debold Sinas said that it was a shootout and not an ambush.

“Si mayor nasa ginagawang tulay po yan, talagang magandang pagkaplano po… paghinto tinira kaagad,” said Sarmiento.

Sarmiento also expressed belief that Aquino’s killing was connected to the upcoming election.

In 2011, Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo “Ining” Uy was killed by unknown assailants in a fiesta celebration.

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