Senatorial hopeful Belgica bats for death penalty vs. corruption, creation of COVID-19 clinics

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 17)— Former Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chief and senatorial aspirant Greco Belgica wants to bring to the chamber a stronger campaign against corrupt practices.

During the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum, Belgica bared his preference for a harsh penalty against corruption: death.

"We need penalties commensurate to the crimes committed. We need to work on restoring the penalty of death for heinous crimes and corruption. Corruption by high-ranking government officials is being treated as a lesser sin than murder, than drugs," said the senatorial bet of Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS).

The third-time senatorial hopeful also proposed the establishment of COVID-19 clinics. Drawing on his experience surviving the disease as a critical case, Belgica said COVID-19 is "beatable" if treated right and early.

"If God allows that I work as a senator...I will put up COVID clinics in every provincial hospital down to the barangay and train doctors with the procedures and protocols used on me that's being used in other countries," he said, adding these will provide free medicines to patients.

Belgica also said he will push for a flat 10% uniform income tax rate to help raise government revenues and usher in economic recovery amid the global health crisis. The proposal was included in his agenda during his failed senatorial bids in 2013 and 2016.