‘Security guard’ with P290 million in bank deposits charged, Martires revealed

Ombudsman Samuel Martires, during the Senate budget hearing, revealed a
Ombudsman Samuel Martires, during the Senate budget hearing, revealed a "security guard" who had P290 million in bank deposits to describe the extent of corruption in government. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ombudsman Samuel Martires revealed during the Senate’s budget deliberation of the Office of the Ombudsman that his office is preparing to file charges against a “security guard” for a government agency with a total of P290 million in bank deposits in the last 21 years.

Martires also said that this security guard’s wife also had a total of P179 million in bank deposits for the past eight years.

Kayo po ba ay maniniwala na merong isang empleyado na ang kanyang item ay security guard. At ang kanyang deposito sa bank ay P280 million for the past 21 years. At ang kanyang asawa for the past eight years [ay] may deposito sa bangko na P179 million? Security guard lang po ‘yung asawa,” Martires said.

(Would you believe there’s an employee whose job item is security guard, whose bank deposits totaled P280 million for the past 21 years, and his wife for the past eight years had a total of P179 million in bank deposits? Her husband is only a security guard.)

This, Martires said, painted a picture of the severity of corruption in government.

Talagang talamak, nasa dugo na yata; yung inggit ang pinakamahirap po,” Martires said.

(Greed really is rampant, it seems it is running in the blood of some government officials.)

Martires said that the problem of corruption is so enormous that he said that at times, he had thought of quitting his job as an ombudsman.

Ito po ay talagang malaki kong problema at kung minsan ay gusto ko nang magbitaw sa serbisyo dahil parang wala hong nangyayari sa laban ng gobyerno sa korapsyon,” he said.

(The problem of corruption is so big that sometimes, I just want to quit my post because it seems that nothing is happening in the government’s fight against corruption.)

“We have to be serious in our fight against corruption, but we have to start from the basic,” he added, saying that there should be religious education so that everyone would be taught not to commit corruption.

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