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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte orders DOJ to investigate entire government for corruption; netizens ask DOJ to start with Duterte

Is this a case of ‘better late than never’? Has President Duterte finally come to his senses? Or is this merely to satisfy critics?

It looks like President Rodrigo Duterte is finally taking a stand against corruption as he orders Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to do an investigation on the entire Philippine government.

Yes, that means all three branches, including every single attached agency.

In his recorded speech that aired this morning, October 27, Duterte asked Guevarra to “investigate allegations of corruption in the entire government”.

The memo Duterte sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ)—which will inevitably be included in its own investigations—grants them the authority to decide which allegations they will investigate.

Parameters given by Duterte in choosing the allegations include the gravity of and impact on the government’s ability to render services to the Filipino people.

He also said the DOJ can create as many panels as it needs and employ the services of other government agencies to either assist or be part of said panels. The DOJ also has the task of filing appropriate charges and prosecuting those involved in the anomalies regardless if they are a government official, employee, or private individual.

Finally, the memo will stand until his last day in office, June 30, 2022, unless he lifts or revokes the memo at an earlier time—to which he said, “Why would I do that? This is a good order.”

Netizens were far from surprised as the President has made it clear that he had a no-nonsense approach towards getting rid of corruption.

What surprised netizens was the fact that it took Duterte four years and a pandemic to have this done by the DOJ.

Some of them have said this should rebound on the President, who hasn’t released his Statement of Assets, Liability, and Net Worth since 2017.

People have also asked why it took this long for him to act on one of his campaign promises. Then again, he has previously asked for an extension to his remove-drug-problem-in-three-to-six-months promise.

The general consensus, however, seems to come from his propensity to play favorites and prosecute only those who are either against him or are of no use to him—something which was mentioned in his memo to the DOJ.

This, however, will be seen as a good development and an old man delivering on his campaign promise—at least by the people who continue to support him to this day.

The memo comes on the heels of Duterte asking the DOJ to create a panel and investigate allegations of corruption within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth.

That investigation has resulted in the resignation or retirement of several PhilHealth big wigs, including its former President and CEO Ricardo Morales.

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