President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Philippine Military Academy comptroller Hector Maraña to be put in jail for committing corruption.
In his speech during the Go Negosyo’s ‘Pilipinas Angat Lahat’ program at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018, Duterte personally signed the dismissal order against Maraña in front of the businessmen who attended the said event.
He said that Maraña committed malversation of funds of the cadets worth P15-M.
President Duterte recommends Maraña to be imprisoned for 6-12 years.
“Send the guy to hell. That is an order.” Duterte told his aide after signing the dismissal order.
The signing impressed the businessmen who attended the event.
He also said during his speech that he would never forgive military officials corrupting the funds of his soldiers.
“I would even maybe forgive you if you purchase something you overprice. But if you tinker with medicines for wounded in the Marawi siege… Take him out immediately. I want his peers so that he will be forced to answer.” Duterte said.
Duterte also warned the officials who would engage in corruption activities.
“I love my soldiers even those who didn’t graduate, but do not go into corruption. I will give you hell.” he said.
Aside from Maraña, Duterte fired several high-ranking officials over the fraudulent purchases of equipment, ghost deliveries and splitting of contracts in General V. Luna Medical Center.
One fraudulent purchase costs P1.4 million alone, according to the palace.
20 officials were involved in the said corruption activities, but as of writing only Brigadier General Edwin Torrelavega and Colonel Antonio Punzalan are being mentioned by the government.
Duterte ordered those officials to face a court-martial.
Last year Duterte allocated P50-M monthly to V. Luna Medical Center to help injured soldiers.