Solons Urge GMA to Crack Whip on Gov't 'Fat Cats'

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Solons Urge GMA to Crack Whip on Gov't 'Fat Cats'


President Arroyo was asked yesterday by her allies in the House of Representatives to crack the whip on government officials who refuse to follow her directives to stop misusing public funds for perks and lavishness, saying this is the only way to ensure success of her anti-corruption drive and promote better governance and transparency.

House Assistant Majority Leader and Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Antonio Cerilles and Davao Oriental Rep. Mayo Almario, chairman of the Committee on Games and Amusements, the President should axe public officials who have shown insensitivity to the country's fiscal situation with their lavish spending on perks and fat paychecks.

Cerilles said it is unfair to ask the entire nation to sacrifice when some officials in government continue with their extravagant lifestyle using public funds. "Those in government have to earn a living - but not a high living at the public's expense. After all, first it is public service they should focus on."

Cerilles added that the heads of government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs) and business firms or corporations run or monitored by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) have a particularly heavy responsibility to safeguard their finances, since these are less subject to direct controls by government. "We should axe the errant officials in these entities if they cannot carry out their basic fiscal responsibilities. …

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