MANILA Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday reiterated his warning to Department of Justice (DOJ) employees to refrain from engaging in corruption or face prosecution.
Aguirre made the warning in his speech to DOJ officials and employees at Monday's flag-raising ceremony after he ordered the dismissal of three employees found to have forged signatures of officials in bogus documents used to facilitate the visas for Chinese nationals in exchange for a large sum of money.
The three personnel working at the office of DOJ Undersecretary Erickson Balmes, namely, job order employee Cyruz Morota, executive assistant Abvic Ryan Maghirang and administrative aide Shigred Erigbuagas were fired last February 1.
As I have said, let this serve as a warning to all, no act of corruption will be tolerated while I serve as your steward of the DOJ. The dividends of corruption will be prosecution, Aguirre said.
Aguirre said he will implement one strike policy to hack the deadwood and rot in the agency in a bid to respond to President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against corruption.
The one strike policy is in full effect at our DOJ! President Duterte is very serious in winning the war against corruption in all forms. We are very serious in waging that war here in the DOJ, the DoJ chief stressed.
He further said that we should pray that those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.
Marami pong tukso sa ating trabaho. May tukso sa ating mga opisina. May tukso sa ating mga resolution at maging sa mga petition for review. Sa lahat ng aspeto ng trabaho natin, may tukso. Maging matatag nawa po ang lahat na labanan ang mga tuksong ito, (There are many temptations in many aspects of our work. Let us be strong to fight these temptations) the justice secretary urged.
The three were terminated after confessing to their involvement in anomalies in the processing of Immigration Quota Visas for Chinese nationals in exchange for large sums of money.
I terminated the services of three DOJ employees who were discovered, and who have confessed, to being involved in anomalies in the processing Immigration Quota Visas in exchange for large sums of money. They have also confessed to forging the signature of a DOJ official in a spurious document to convince their Chinese clients that they are doing something about the application, Aguirre said.
Aguirre also issued an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) against the three personnel.
In addition to being terminated, these DOJ employees have already been subjected to an ILBO, he added.
Apart from this, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has started filing cases against the three for falsification of public documents under Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency