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ROMUALDEZ: House to fight corruption

Martin Romualdez
ROMUALDEZ WITH GUEVARRA, ANDANAR — House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez (left) discusses urgent matters with Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (right) during a short meeting at the House of Representatives after the briefing on the 2021 budget of the Department of Justice. With them is Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar (2nd left). Photo by VER NOVENO

In line with DU30 drive against red tape, graft

Martin Romualdez
House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez

HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez on Friday said Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will call a meeting of top House leaders to discuss ways on how to fast track all pending measures related to the anti-red tape and anti-corruption campaign of the Duterte administration.

Romualdez, chairman of the powerful House committee on rules, said Cayetano committed to President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s directive that his leadership will expeditiously act to fight corruption.

“We will also discuss what are the other pressing complaints from the public that the House may need to address through the exercise of our legislative function,” Romualdez said.

The House Majority Leader joined Cayetano, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Sen. Bong Go in a meeting with President Duterte last Wednesday night to discuss the Chief Executives’ priority measures.

Romualdez said President Duterte was exhausted and frustrated over the continued widespread corruption in the government highlighted recently by the controversy at the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

“The President is tired of continued corruption. He wants a legacy that genuine reforms are implemented under his term,” said Romualdez.

“Definitely, the investigations being conducted by the House committees on good government and public accounts will continue,” said Romualdez regarding the panel which is currently investigating alleged PhilHealth’s corruption.

Romualdez has expressed full support for President Duterte’s marching orders for Congress to go all out in helping curb red tape and corruption in all levels of governance.

“The leaders of the House of Representatives are in full agreement with President Duterte. We are ready to comply with his orders to prioritize the passage of legislative measures that would cut red tape

“The President stressed that any delay in the release of business permits is tantamount to corruption. Lalong babagal ang pagsulong ng negosyo. Ang sabi po ng ating Pangulo, huwag nating pahirapan ang mga tao na hirap na hirap na sa COVID,” Romualdez pointed out.

Publication Source :    People's Tonight