(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 04 August 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. At 3:00 PM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 550 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (24.5N, 125.4E). TROPICAL CYCLONES OUTSIDE PAR AT 3:00 AM TROPICAL DEPRESSION LOCATION: 735 KM WEST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (21.1°N, 114.8°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 55 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 70 KM/H MOVEMENT; EAST SOUTHEASTWARD SLOWLY Caraga Region will have Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

President Duterte names personnel dismissed from service due to corruption

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announced the dismissal from service Monday of another group of government personnel due to corruption, reiterating his resolve to fight the menace that has been going on for decades.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on June 14, 2021. RICHARD MADELO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

In his televised Talk to the People, the President announced the dismissal of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) personnel Nora Halamani and Abolais Ampa, both Revenue Officer III, for demanding P400,000 bribe in exchange of approval of signed tax payment forms for the settlement of Dealco Farms purported tax liabilities.

Also dismissed from the service was local government official Antonio Palanca, a Palawan Provincial Health Officer, for malversation of public funds or property.

He has been charged of misappropriating P250,000 from the illegal sale of 16,728 tons of iron steel from the demolished building of the Brooke’s Point District Hospital in Palawan.

“Sabi ninyo may corruption, may corruption talaga sa gobyerno. Iyong mga empleyado doon matagal na, halos tag-25 years. Ikaw ang manghinayang,” President Duterte said in announcing the dismissals.

“Kung sabihin ninyo corruption sa gobyerno, matagal na ‘yan, noon pa ‘yan. Nag-umpisa ‘yan hindi sa panahon ko. Kaya magdahan-dahan ng salita. ‘Pag sinabi ko “ayaw ko ng corruption,” ‘pag inabutan ka, patay ka,” he added.

Eliminating graft and corruption in government was one of the President’s campaign pledges when he ran for president in 2016, along with putting an end to the proliferation of illegal narcotics and criminality.  PND