More public officers convicted in 2010

MANILA, Philippines—More public officers were convicted of crimes in 2010, up by 73 pecent compared to 2009.

Based on data culled from the Bureau of Corrections, 66 public officials were convicted of crimes in 2010, compared to only 38 in 2009, according to National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Secretary General Romulo Virola.

These crimes, as stated in the NSCB website, include malfeasance and misfeasance in office (bribery), fraud, malversation of public funds or property, infidelity, and other offenses like usurpation of powers and unlawful appointments and abuses against chastity.

Virola said in today’s edition of Talking Points that the 73 percent increase in the number of convicted public officials may be attributed to the efficacy of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s anti-corruption campaign.

He said that that the number may yet increase in 2011 due to the Aquino administration’s serious drive to rid the government of corrupt public servants.

Talking Points is aired over Radyo ng Bayan and NBN4, and sponsored by Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Philippine Information Agency.

One thought on “More public officers convicted in 2010

  1. So many times persons in authorial positions abuse their power and its over looked. I believe the may seem high compared to previous years but if there is a true and continued effort to rid the govt of corrupt officials that number will undoubtedly rise.


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