Sunday, August 12, 2018

Duterte fires "high-ranking" military officials over P1.5M worth of "ghost deliveries"



President Duterte on one of his visits at the V. Luna Medical Center / photo from UNTV (photo file)


Manila, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte fired a “high-ranking” military official over P1.5-million worth of “ghost deliveries,” says Spokesman Harry Roque at ANC’s Headstart.

In a press conference today, Roque announced that the president ordered the relief of and court martial proceedings against Brig. Gen.Edwin Leo Torrelavega, commander of the AFP Health Service Command, and Col. Antonio Punzalan, commander at the V. Luna Medical Center.


Reportedly, the said high-ranking officials with the hospital employees “undertook anomalous purchases of equipment and engaged in fraudulent transactions, including ghost purchasing, splitting of contracts to circumvent mandatory bidding processes, and conceiving fictitious suppliers.”

The spokesman said that Duterte made the decision after reading reports from Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr.

 “He’s been really aggrieved at this particular instance of corruption because it’s an institution close to his heart. He thought this will not occur. Okay I’ll say it, it has to do with the military establishment. He thinks that by doubling the salary of our soldiers that corruption would in fact be minimized, but it actually continues,” Roque said in an earlier interview.

AFP Medical Center is also known as the V. Luna Medical Center / photo from AFP Medical Center Facebook Page


The president has been firing officials involved in corruption, even his own appointees.
Recently, Duterte sacked the entire board and management of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation over a “grossly disadvantageous deal.”*

Nayong Pilipino foundation chair Patricia Ocampo (third from right) leads the groundbreaking for the construction of the $1.5-billion nayon Landing integrated resort in Parañaque on August 7 / photo from Philstar

The Nayong Pilipino allegedly leased government property for a ridiculously long period of time, 70 years, beyond the lifetime of anyone.

The president also fired former Interior and Local Government secretary Mike Sueno, Justice Secretary Vitalinao Aguirre 2nd and Labor undersecretary Dominador Say, among others, plus a number of other undersecretaries and assistant secretaries due to corruption allegations.

Even the former Tourism secretary Wanda Teo went under fire due to allegedly using her position to give income to her brothers’ television show, despite lack of a memorandum of agreement or contract.

Teo ended up resigning from her position out of delicadeza, although the president did not demand for her to resign.

Teo, explained that there was ‘conflict of interest’ with the P60 million "segment buy" because DOT entered the contract with PTV-4, not Kilos Pronto's producer – which is being run by the Tulfo brothers.


Source: Manila Times