DPWH chief creates task force to probe ‘corruption’ claims within ranks

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As the Department of Public Works and Highways face backlash over repeated rants of President Rodrigo Duterte, Secretary Mark Villar created a task force to investigate the reported rampant corruption pointed out by the president.

A department order forming a Task Force Against Graft and Corruption (TAG) was issued by Villar on Monday, October 19. The task force is made up of five officials who shall investigate fellow executives and employees within the Department of Public Works and Highways.

“The TAG shall investigate anomalies allegedly perpetrated by officials and/or employees of the department, based on valid complaints,” Villar said.

Malacañang appealed to the public to give the task force a chance to fix the reported anomalies within their ranks.

Siguro po paunang hakbang lang iyan na ginawa ng DPWH para nga i-address iyong problema ng korapsiyon na nilabas ng ating Presidente. Pagbigyan naman po natin sila,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

“Let’s give them a chance dahil sa aking pagkakaalam, talagang this is one of the rare moments na ina-address natin ang korapsiyon diyan sa DPWH na ang sabi nga ni Presidente ay lantaran at parang systemic.”

[This is probably just the first response of the DPWH to address the problem of corruption which the President has verbalized. Let’s give them some leeway. Let’s give them a chance because as far as I know, this is one of the rare moments where we are addressing corruption in the agency, which the President described as rampant and seemingly systemic.]

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