Palace to forward cases of 2 assistant secretaries to Ombudsman – Roque

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(File photo) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

GOVERNMENT officials who are found to be involved in irregularities will not only be sacked or suspended but will also be prosecuted.

That, in a nutshell, was what Malacanang wants to tell the public with the sacking of Assistant Secretary in the DOJ Moslemen Macarambon Sr. and Assistant Sec. Tingagun Timpaso Umpa in the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Macarambon Sr was implicated to be in cahoots with mugglers of gold and other precious jewelries at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

President Duterte announced the sacking of two assistant secretaries, as well as those personalities from the Bureau of Customs and NAIA,  who worked in connivance with the them.

“Ang importante po ngayon ang bago doon sa sinabi ni Presidente, iyong kasagutan sa tanong ng marami, ‘hanggang tanggalan lang ba?’Hindi po. Binigyan iyan ng kasagutan kahapon ni Presidente, lahat nung mga resulta ng imbestigasyon na ehekutibo na nagresulta doon sa pagtatanggal ng mga appointees ni Presidente, lahat po iyan gagamitin sa demanda doon sa Ombudsman,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during an interview with DZMM on Thursday.

“At hindi na nga raw aantayin ang Ombudsman na gumalaw, dahil ang deklarasyon kahapon ni Presidente, ipo-forward daw niya at isasampa niya lahat iyang mga ebidensiya na iyan sa Ombudsman,” added Roque.

Roque explained that the Malacanang can only remove officials suspected of irregularities, and that it is the Ombudsman who should prosecute.

“So, ipo-forward ng Office of the President sa Ombudsman itong mga kasong ito, dahil sa level ng Ehekutibo, hanggang pagsisisante lang ang pupuwedeng maibigay na parusa. Siyempre iyong pananagutang kriminal, iyan ay dapat nasa Ombudsman,” stressed Roque, adding that the other personalities still being investigated are slapped with preventive suspension.

These cases are based on the investigation conducted by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, and Roque stressed that all pieces of evidences gathered by the commission will be forwarded to the Ombudsman.

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