CAGAYAN de Oro Mayor Vicente Emano said national government offices have been contributing to the problem on corruption in Cagayan de Oro.
Emano, over DxIF-Bombo Radyo, said the survey cited by President Arroyo in her State of the Nation Address (Sona) did not refer to city hall alone. He said it also refers to the local offices of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Bureau of Customs (BOC), and the Department of Public Woks and Highways (DPWH).
In her Sona, Arroyo congratulated Emano for the drop in reports of corruption in the city from 65 percent in 2005 to 38 percent this year.
If there are still reports on corruption here, Emano said the survey refers to public contracts made by these offices.
Emano said the survey, conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) was focused on these offices and not city hall alone.
"The surveys on corruption in the Philippines were not only focused on local government units but also on the government’s collecting agencies," Emano said.
He said the government agencies he cited were widely perceived to be corrupt.
While Emano warned officials and employes against engaging in corruption in city hall, he said ‘‘corruption is more evident at the BIR, Customs and DPWH."
Emano added: "I would say that corruption at the city hall, if any, is less compared to these offices.’’
Emano also lashed back at his critics for calling his administration corrupt.
"The city (hall) has not engaged in any illegal contract," Emano said.
Proof that he is not corrupt, Emano said city hall’s coffers are not empty.
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