President Rodrigo Duterte’s strategy against corruption now involves public shaming of accused officials, Malacañang said on Monday.

The country dropped to 115th out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s global corruption index for 2020.

To rid the government of corruption and threaten those involved in dishonest acts, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the president has resorted to public shaming.

“Talagang problemado din diyan kasi nga parang walang katapusan itong problema ng korapsiyon. Ngayon po sinusubukang niya iyong public shaming, iyong pagbabasa ng mga pangalan, para magsilbing halimbawa sa iba na kung ikaw ay corrupt eh talagang mababasa ang pangalan mo diyan,” he said in a virtual presser.

Roque said Duterte would go all out against corruption in his final months as president.

“Alam ng presidente may problema pa at kaya nga sinabi-sabi niya na igugugol niya iyong dalawang taong natira niya, isa at kalahati na lang po ‘no, isa at kalahating [taon] na panahon na natitira sa kaniyang termino para lutasin itong problema ng korapsiyon, tingnan po natin ang mga susunod na mga pangyayari,” he said.

In October last year, Duterte formed a task force to probe government-wide irregularities.

He has since been naming allegedly corrupt officials in his public addresses, which Roque claimed was not trial by publicity.

“Inulit-ulit po ni presidente, hindi pa naman po sila proven guilty at hindi po namili ang presidente. Kung ano lang iyong ini-report sa kaniya ng Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, iyon lang po ang isinapubliko ng ating presidente,” Roque said in December last year.

“It is not a trial by publicity… hindi naman sinasabing nagkasala na, pero mayroong imbestigasyon na ongoing dito sa mga ito… pero sinabi na nga ni presidente, freedom of information, it was officially received by his office then he can reveal it to the public,” he added. John Ezekiel J. Hirro