Ombud push severe penalties for thieves in government-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman for the Visayas is pushing for heavier penalties for those caught stealing from the government.
Lawyer Juris Tanco, director of the Public Assistance and Corruption Prevention Unit, at a forum Wednesday hosted by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas-Negros Occidental chapter at the University of St. La Salle, said the media should continue in its role to expose corruption and malpractice in the government.
"However, it should be done with balance and fairness always," Tanco said.
She said there is a need to have "political will in the campaign against corruption in public service."
Tanco pointed out that there is a total of 40 laws against corruption in the Philippines, but it is implemented in "leniency."
"We in the government should be aware that the public is watching us and also somebody up there," she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 28, 2013.