Press Release
August 31, 2021

SP On incompetent gov't officials and employees

SENATE President Vicente Sotto III today batted for accountability of government officials and employees whose negligence have led to the mismanagement in public spending and in the implementation of social services programs.

Lamenting how such mismanagement has shortchanged the Filipino people, Sotto said: "We can't just sit back and watch the meltdown in government services. We need to hold liable those who have been failing in their jobs. Filipinos deserve to have better leaders."

"Incompetents cannot recognize incompetence. They have a false sense of confidence that they are indispensable to the government. We cannot let them continue their disservice to the Filipino people," Sotto added.

The Senate chief said he would consult with experts and review existing laws so they can be amended and given more teeth in running after officials and employees who have been negligent in planning and implementing programs, especially those who have done sloppy jobs in doing due diligence and vetting projects.

Sotto stressed Congress cannot afford to allow the Executive to commit mistakes or misjudgment in identifying projects because "it is not easy for lawmakers to allocate funds for an agency. We diligently study all proposals submitted to us. We cannot waste our time on lopsided work."

"Hindi nakakatuwa ang kapalpakan ng ilang tiga-gobyerno na inaasahan natin na magbibigay sa atin ng maayos na serbisyo. Napakalaking kalokohan ang nangyayari ngayon - may pera pero hindi naman alam kung paanong gamitin ng tama, Kawawa naman ang taumbayan dahil sa kawalan o kapalpakan ng serbisyo, pero sino ba ang dapat managot? Ano ba ang liability nila? We cannot let them go scot-free, they need to be held accountable for disservice to the Filipino people."

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