Duterte fires 20 military officials over corruption

President Rodrigo Duterte has fired 20 military officials, including top brass of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), over alleged corruption activities such as anomalous and ghost projects at the V. Luna Medical Center in Quezon City, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokeserson Harry Roque said Duterte has ordered the relief of 20 officials after “it was brought to the President’s attention that alleged corruption activities have been taking place at the V. Luna Medical Center.”

BREAKING: Duterte fires 20 military officials over corruption

President Rodrigo Duterte has fired 20 military officials, including top brass of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), over corruption such as anomalous and ghost projects at the V. Luna Medical Center in Quezon City, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential Spokeserson Harry Roque said Duterte has ordered the relief of 20 officials but has only identified two so far.

Among the at least 20 officials, Roque has only identified two so far.

“President Duterte has ordered relief and court martial proceedings against top miltiary brass, which includes Brig. Gen. Edwin Leo Torrelavega, Commander of the AFP Heath Service Command (AFPHSC), Col. Antonio Punzalan, Commander of the V. Luna Medical Center, Chiefs of Management and Fiscal Office and the Logistics office of the AFPHSC among others,” he said in a Palace briefing.

The Palace official also said Duterte has since read the report of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commisiion (PACC) and the AFP.

“Based on the reports, several high ranking officials and employees of the V. Luna Medical Center, Health Service Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, undertook anomalous purchases of equipment and engaged in fraudulent transactions, including ghost-purchasing, splitting of contracts to circumvent mandatory bidding processes, and conceiving fictitious suppliers with a total amount of P1,491,570.00,” Roque said. /kga

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