Duterte offers ₱50k-₱100k reward for those who will report corrupt activities in gov't

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the People after holding a meeting with members of his cabinet and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go to discuss various updates at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse on November 10, 2020. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 11) – President Rodrigo Duterte offered a cash incentive to individuals who will report graft and corruption activities involving government officials.

The President added those who will report corrupt practices involving small contracts will be rewarded with ₱50,000 while those reporting on big contracts will receive a ₱100,000 incentive.

"Pag malaking mga contract, ibulong mo lang na iluluto 'yan, (If big contracts are involved, just whisper that it is being materialized,) I will give you ₱100,000. And I will keep your identity a secret until I reach my grave," said Duterte during the weekly Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases meeting on Tuesday.

Duterte added he would "deal with the devil" if the informant reports harassment.

"Ayan ang gusto ko, bumaril ng tao nang legal. Kaya kung inaano ka, tinatakot ka, ipaalam mo ako," the President said.

[Translation: That's what I want, to shoot a person legally. If you are being harassed or threatened, report it to me.]

Duterte advised those who will complain of corruption activities to "let the crime ripen" so there will be substantial evidence in prosecuting those government officials involved.

"The contract itself will be the evidence. The fact that you have an intention to draft a contract that is prejudicial to the government is enough to send you in the gallows," Duterte warned.

The President also named more other government employees that were suspended or dismissed from service by the Ombudsman due to their involvement in corrupt schemes.

Most notable in Duterte's latest list of corrupt government officials are Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel involved in the falsification of travel records of former Wirecard chief operating officer Jan Marsalek.

Four BI officials were added in the roster of those suspended due to the pastillas scheme. They are being investigated for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, gross neglect of duty, or conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service.

"Do not ever think that you are indispensable in the scheme of things sa gobyerno. Many Filipino graduates that have no job now are bright and honest," Duterte said. "Kaya kayong taga gobyerno may trabaho, take care of your position. Do not allow even a dent of anomaly na dumaan sa opisina mo."

[Translation: That's why those in government, take care of your position. Do not allow even a dent of anomaly in your office.]

Duterte summoned on Monday over 40 suspended BI officials and personnel, where he rolled money inside each pastillas for them to eat.

The pastillas scheme, first brought to light in February, allegedly allowed Chinese nationals who want to enter the country to do away with background checks in exchange for grease money. The operation was dubbed "pastillas" because grease money would be rolled inside bond paper much like the wrapping of milk candy.