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Bong Go urges NBI to go after ‘brains’ of ‘pastillas scheme’

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Bong Go urges NBI to prosecute and hold accountable the ‘masterminds’ behind ‘pastillas scheme’

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go urged the National Bureau of Investigation anew to “work double time” in probing into the alleged corruption issues within the Bureau of Immigration.

He mentioned that President Rodrigo Duterte is awaiting the results of the investigations on the alleged ‘pastillas scheme’ and that this administration remains committed in stamping out systemic corruption in government.

“Sa NBI po, please work double time sa inyong imbestigasyon. Naghihintay na po ang ating mahal na Pangulo at nakahanda na po ‘yung pastillas na ipapakain niya po sa mga sangkot,” said Go.

“Parati niya pong tinatanong sa akin, sino ba ‘yung mga sangkot? Gusto nating malaman, sino ba talaga ‘yung totoong sangkot dito. At itong pastillas na ito ay hindi po ito ganoon katamis at sigurado po akong mahirap lunukin ang pastillas na ito,” he added.

Go also urged heads of agencies and departments to cleanse their own offices of systemic corruption in order to improve services to Filipinos.

“Let us not be afraid to investigate, prosecute, audit, lifestyle check, and put in jail those who must account for their transgressions. […] Nakiusap ako na hanapin ang tunay na may sala at lahat ng involved sa scheme na ito at panagutin. It has been dragging already. Kailangan pong malaman na po ng taumbayan kung ano ba talaga ang puno’t dulo dito, at sino ba ang mga may kasalanan,” urged Go.

Amid the corruption controversies, the senator said he believes there are still good people working in the BI. He also challenged BI Commissioner Jaime Morente to cleanse the ranks in the Bureau.

“Nandiyan rin po si Commissioner Jaime Morente, I’m challenging you na linisin mo po ang hanay o ‘yung opisina dahil mataas po ang expectation ng mahal na Pangulo sa ’yo, kaya ka po nilagay diyan,” he added.

Go also lamented why the masterminds had not yet been identified and been made to account for their crimes.

Meanwhile, the Senator expressed his disappointment that the recent augmentation pay given to immigration employees was not enough to stop corruption in the bureau.

“Nakalulungkot na hindi pa pala sapat ang tulong namin ni Pangulong Duterte noon para mabigyan kayo ng augmentation pay noong mawala ang inyong express lane pay. Ito pa pala ang nag-udyok sa inyo na pumasok sa kalokohan at wala pong ano mang dahilan na pumasok sa korapsyon dahil talagang galit kami ni Pangulo sa korapsyon,” he added. ###