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Dishonest public officials won’t have room to Escape

Dishonest public officials won’t have room to Escape

After a 16-year career, corrupt official finally brought to justice.

 

No matter how long a public official is able to evade the law, justice will still be served.

 

This happened in the case of Paulino C Elevado IV, a former Bureau of Customs (BOC) messenger, who was found guilty of dishonesty, graft and corruption and bad behaviour after 16 years of working in government.

 

It all started in 2012, when the Department of Finance’s (DOF) anti-corruption division Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) filed a case against Elevado. Two years hence, the BOC messenger was found by the Office of the Ombudsman of Serious Dishonesty to have violated

 

1) Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service and

2) Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

 

The Ombudsman may also accuse Elevado of Falsification of Public Documents and violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. The punishment for these are a fine of Php20,000, loss of his entire retirement benefits and a ban from being  employed in government agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations.

 

What exactly did Elevado do to deserve these punishments? During his 16 year employment (1992–2008), Elevado omitted to state his businesses in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). The Porsche-driving BUC messenger also figured in a car chase and shooting accident in 2012 that stemmed from a traffic quarrel.

 

DOF undersecretary Carlo Carag said the Ombudsman’s move was a ‘victory for good governance.’

 

There are still more corrupt officials with even greater sins committed against the law and the people, and pursuing them will give proof to the sincerity of the government’s mandate to weed out corruption and achieve the ‘tuwid na daan.’

 

DOF, which oversees government officials’ SALNs, is encouraging everyone to report BOC and Bureau of Internal Revenue personnel engaged in corrupt behaviour through anti-corruption portal Pera ng Bayan.

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