‘Go after big fishes’: Lawyer welcomes PRRD’s mega task force vs. corruption

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte checks the phone of one of the members of the cabinet during the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

The Department of Justice-led mega task force against corruption in the government is considered by a lawyer as welcome development, and should be something the administration should put its focus on.

“I welcome this prioritization ni Pangulong Duterte sa corruption kasi matindi talaga sa alam ko,” La Viña said in an interview.

[I welcome this prioritization of President Duterte because from what I know, corruption is really rampant.]

President Rodrigo Duterte recently issued a memorandum directing the DOJ to look into anomalies in state agencies until the end of his term in 2022.

“Better late than never. Sana ito na lang muna gawin nila. Mag-focus sila dito at magkaroon tayo ng malalaking isda,” La Viña said.

[Let’s hope that they focus on this one and catch big fish.]

“Sana, this time wala na tayong sacred cows. Kung bakit may corruption, dahil ‘yan may impunity because it pays to be corrupt in this country,” La Viña said.

[This time, I hope there will be no sacred cows.]

“Wag yung pipitsugin, maliliit na tao, mga employee lang. Palaging 100 persons lang hahabulin mo, yung top 100 officials lang in your list. If they have that list, effective yung prosecution,” he said.

[They should go after the big fish. Always limit the list to 100 people, go after the top 100 people in your list. If they have that list, then the prosecution is effective.]