Dominguez mentioned that whereas the DOF has lengthy been investigating allegations of dishonesty and corrupt practices within the DOF and its connected businesses, it has additionally been on the forefront of the federal government drive in opposition to “state seize,” which he described as “one of many worst types of corruption” involving personal people who try and affect policy-making and undermine the general public curiosity for their very own profit.
The DOF has been sharing its data about state seize with regulators and key authorities officers to assist determine the manipulative schemes perpetuated by “these grafters and affect peddlers” and cease them of their tracks, Dominguez mentioned in his message of assist for the President’s anti-corruption marketing campaign.
Dominguez’s message was aired throughout the weekend teleradyo program of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Fee over radio station DZRJ.
Inside the DOF, its Income Integrity Safety Service (RIPS) has initiated investigations in opposition to 403 officers and workers of the division and its connected businesses since President Duterte took workplace in 2016, Dominguez mentioned.
“Public officers and workers needs to be held to the best requirements of integrity and accountability. Relaxation assured, the Division of Finance will all the time be on the forefront of the establishment of crucial reforms to realize the President’s objectives of sincere and environment friendly governance,” Dominguez mentioned.
Created in 2003, the RIPS is remitted to detect and examine allegations and stop corruption within the DOF and its connected businesses such because the Bureau of Inside Income and of Bureau of Customs.
The anti-corruption probes of the RIPS have led to the submitting of administrative and/or prison instances in opposition to 60 errant public officers, of which 14 have already been dismissed from the service, Dominguez mentioned.
To additional strengthen its anti-graft marketing campaign even amid the mobility restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, Dominguez mentioned the DOF has additionally launched a “Sumbong” web page on its web site dedicated to receiving info from the general public about suspected corrupt practices.
Informants could submit proof by way of the Sumbong web page exhibiting properties or life grossly disproportional to the pay ranges of workers of the DOF and its connected businesses.
“Past penalizing offending public officers, the DOF is advocating a seamless evaluate of processes and procedures in all its places of work to cut back alternatives for corrupt practices,” Dominguez mentioned.
He mentioned the DOF is accelerating the adoption of digital applied sciences throughout the division and in its connected businesses to additional improve transparency and scale back the margin of discretion that’s finally the supply of graft within the paperwork.
“The Division of Finance can also be on the forefront of combating one of many worst types of corruption referred to as State Seize. Capturers of the State function discreetly with a view to lull the strange Filipino into considering that no matter undertaking they’re pushing for will finally redound to the advantage of the general public,” Dominguez mentioned in his radio message.
He mentioned these “capturers” are sometimes “enterprising personal people who use each useful resource at their disposal, together with the media and political figures” to “solidify management over their respective personal pursuits.”
“They make use of a carrot-and-stick strategy to affect politicians. Those that willingly settle for grease cash are paid off whereas those that refuse are threatened with litigation,” Dominguez mentioned.
“These grafters and affect peddlers play the long-game nurturing a symbiotic relationship with public officers complicit with the capturers and bartering continued political assist from highly effective people. These are executed in trade for wielding authorities energy for a interval to final past one presidential time period,” he added.
Dominguez mentioned these personal people additionally infiltrate the federal government paperwork by way of their chosen appointees to regulatory our bodies and implementing businesses.
“To solidify management over their respective personal pursuits, these capturers place their alter egos in key businesses, resulting in lopsided contracts and disadvantageous transactions all to the bias of the Filipino individuals,” he mentioned.
Earlier, Dominguez formally knowledgeable Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra concerning the anti-corruption efforts of the DOF by way of its RIPS unit after President Duterte directed the Division of Justice late final yr to go a mega process drive that might examine suspected big-time graft instances throughout the paperwork.
“In gentle of the memorandum of President Duterte directing the DOJ to research allegations of corruption in all the paperwork, this Division shall be happy to increase its help which your division may have,” Dominguez mentioned in a letter to Guevarra.
The DOJ could coordinate with RIPS Government Director Ray Gilberto Espinosa “to debate how our respective departments can work collectively in the direction of this effort,” Dominguez added in his letter.
Underneath Government Order 259 sequence of 2003, the facility of the Finance secretary to research corruption is exercised by way of a trusted DOF undersecretary who supervises the RIPS.
Since assuming workplace, Undersecretary Bayani Agabin has been on the helm of the staff assisted by Espinosa, who was beforehand a prosecutor on the DOJ-Nationwide Prosecution Service.
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