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Palace berates PCSO exec over graft yarn

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office board member Sandra Cam is free to resign anytime from her post if she could no longer stomach the alleged corruption practices in the agency, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

READ: 48 lawmakers call for Sandra Cam’s resignation

Cam, who hogged the limelight by exposing alleged operators of banned lottery across the country in 2005, has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to be relieved of her duties since she could no longer stand the alleged corruption at the PCSO.

In a statement, Panelo said she could resign anytime and should file a formal complaint so the President could order a thorough investigation.

Cam, the former president of the Philippine Whistleblower Association of the Philippines who was appointed by Duterte in 2017,  renewed her allegations of the problematic small town lotteries led by either retired police or military generals.

The PCSO board member said she was already fed up with the corruption issues hounding the agency.

The Palace spokesperson advised Cam to file charges against the corrupt PCSO officials and substantiate her “serious” allegations about the supposed irregularities in the internal decision-making process of the agency.

“We asked her to formally submit in writing her complaint to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, which is directly under the Office of the President so that it would be acted on accordingly,” the Palace official said.

Panelo said “President Rodrigo Duterte is beholden to no one.”

“He will not spare even his close friends and long-time allies in his drive to weed out corruption in the bureaucracy. We repeat: There are no sacred cows in this administration,” he said.

“We thus urge the likes of Ms. Cam to come forward and expose government shenanigans and malfeasance if she knows any,” he added.

Panelo assured Cam and other whistleblowers that “they have PRRD’s ears in this regard.”

READ: PCSO ready to face graft probe

Topics: Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office , Sandra Cam , Salvador Panelo , corruption , Philippine Whistleblower Association of the Philippines
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