INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’ Sueno has vowed to clean the local government units (LGUs) from graft, corruption, and plunder.
Sueno made this statement after getting information from the Office of the Ombudsman that 2,799 LGUs officials were found to have been corrupt or plunderers.
Of the 2,799 cases against LGUs officials, 1,700 are city and municipal executives, 892 barangay officials, and 204 provincial level officials.
The Office of the Ombudsman’s decision was either dismiss, or suspend, the 2,799 officials.
The officials were charged during the previous administration, but the Office of the Ombudsman finished its decision just recently.
In making a promise to carry out the Office of the Ombudsman’s decision, Sueno stressed in a press statement posted on the website of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG): “We shall not waver in our commitment to make local government units (LGUs) more accountable, responsible and corruption-free.”
As this happened, Sueno said that DILG is expecting more LGUs officials will be removed from 2017 to 2022 as President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to clean up the entire bureaucracy from graft, corruption, and plunder.
Various studies and surveys made by different groups disclosed that graft, corruption, and plunder have become more intense, massive, and widespread even then President Ferdinand Marcos was toppled down from power in 1986.