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China Moves to Discredit Tycoon’s Claims of Communist Party Corruption

April 21, 2017

BEIJING — China on Friday sought to discredit billionaire businessman Guo Wengui, painting him as a “criminal suspect” whose allegations of corruption within the highest levels of the Communist Party should not be believed.

Guo, a flamboyant property mogul who has held close ties to disgraced former Chinese intelligence official Ma Jian, has courted international attention with his explosive claims, most recently aired during a live television interview with the U.S government-funded Voice of America (VoA) on Wednesday.

 Exiled businessman Guo Wengui. Photo: Handout

China said on Wednesday that Guo was subject to an Interpol “red notice”, a fact Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang reiterated at a regular press briefing in Beijing on Friday.

“If you are willing to believe what he said then that’s your business,” Lu said. “We don’t believe it.”

The Chinese government had pressed VoA to cancel the interview ahead of time, including by summoning one of the broadcaster’s Beijing-based correspondents to a meeting on Monday, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The ministry’s comments come amid an apparently concerted damage-limitation effort within China highlighting Guo’s reputation as an unreliable narrator.

A 23-minute video, purportedly of Ma Jian confessing in detail to accepting 60 million yuan ($8.72 million) in bribes from Guo, has circulated on Chinese social media since Wednesday night without being removed by government censors who are often quick to delete politically sensitive posts or unsubstantiated rumors.

The video, which was produced and posted online anonymously, has also been reported on widely by mainland media outlets, all of which are regulated by the government. Reuters was unable to independently verify the veracity of the video.

The widely read Beijing News newspaper, and the respected financial magazine Caixin, also published lengthy investigations into Guo’s business dealings and ties with Ma, a disgraced former state security vice-minister who was first detained in early 2015 and expelled from the Communist Party in December last year.

Guo has said he left China in late 2014 after being tipped off about Ma’s imminent arrest, and has not returned since his company premises were raided amid a heated dispute with state-backed Founder Securities.

Since leaving, he has spent most of his time in the United States.

After laying low for two years, Guo resurfaced in February and has since made wide-ranging but unverified allegations of corruption against several top Communist Party officials – past and present – and their families.

He says the information was obtained from Ma, whom he concedes he held a close relationship with but denies bribing.

At Friday’s Foreign Ministry briefing, Lu rejected suggestions the timing of the Interpol red notice was connected to the airing of the VoA interview.

“Interpol has been around for 100 years and has 190 member states,” he said. “For this kind of international organization we think their actions are solemn.”

(Reporting by Philip Wen and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Guo Wengui “Silenced” after saying Beijing was using “terror” tactics against him and his family — Claimed to have evidence of curruption at highest level of China’s government

April 19, 2017

‘China using terror tactics against my family’, businessman claims

South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 April, 2017, 12:11am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 April, 2017, 12:25am

Fed up with corruption, Brazilian voters eye outsiders — Rejecting the status quo

April 19, 2017

AFP

© AFP/File / by Sebastian Smith | Former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces no less than five corruption trials as anti-establishment sentiment threatens a revolt ahead of general elections

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – As a corruption scandal washes over Brazil’s political class, anti-establishment sentiment threatens a revolt ahead of next year’s general election, analysts say.

Around 100 politicians, including many leading figures, were placed under graft investigations last week. That was on top of many others already being probed in the so-called “Car Wash” scandal.

And Brazilians — similar to large parts of the electorates in countries such as Britain, France and the United States — are fed up with the status quo.

“They want change,” David Fleischer, professor emeritus at the University of Brasilia, said. “You’ve opened a big chance for people who can say ‘I’m not a politician, I’ve never been a politician.'”

The scale of the alleged corruption is staggering.

One third of the Senate was put under investigation by Brazil’s Supreme Court last week, as well as a third of President Michel Temer’s cabinet, and nearly 40 lower house representatives. All five living former presidents are under suspicion.

That threatens to tear up the previously well established list of candidates vying to take over from Temer in the October 2018 election.

For example, ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a firebrand leftist, faces no less than five corruption trials. Centrist pro-business candidate Aecio Neves, who narrowly lost the 2014 elections to Lula’s protegee Dilma Rousseff, is equally tarnished, facing five investigations, including into alleged bribetaking.

– ‘Brazil’s Donald Trump’ –

For now, Lula remains the easy leader in theoretical match-ups.

A February poll by the MDA institute gave him 30.5 percent of the vote, trouncing his rivals. Neves, for example, would get only 10 percent.

But Lula faces the potentially fatal setback of being found guilty and barred from public office or even jailed.

If voters then go looking for an outsider with clean hands, the big beneficiary could be Joao Doria, the newly elected mayor of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city.

Hugely wealthy, a good communicator, and one time host of Brazil’s version of “The Apprentice” game show, Doria has drawn comparisons to another attention-grabbing, reality TV-loving, non-politician: Donald Trump.

With the centrist PSDB party, Doria wrested Sao Paulo from Lula’s leftist Workers’ Party and presents himself as someone who gets things done. Crucially, he faces no corruption probe.

He has not declared a candidacy but other big beasts of the PSDB, like Sao Paulo state Governor Geraldo Alckmin, are tainted by “Car Wash.”

In a new poll published Tuesday — commissioned by a pro-Lula trade union and carried out by Vox Populi — Doria registered a measly five percent. Yet that’s before he has taken a single step.

– Far right? –

Other candidates in that mold of center-right business leaders could appear. There’s also environmentalist Marina Silva who scored 11.8 percent in the February poll and is a perennial outsider figure.

But if change-hungry voters really want to go rogue, they may turn to federal congressman Jair Bolsonaro.

He may be fulltime politician, but he is so radically rightwing that he comes across as a wild outsider.

Bolsonaro has enthusiastically insulted gays, defended the use of torture, spoken up for Brazil’s two-decades long military dictatorship, and yelled at a fellow member of Congress that she would not “deserve” rape.

Nevertheless, Bolsonaro is not on the corruption list. And as a tough-talking representative of the ever-more powerful evangelical right in Brazil, he’s seen by some as a man who’d drain the swamp.

“We have to stanch the hemorrhage of corruption,” he declares on his twitter profile.

In the February survey Bolsonaro was polling at 11.3 percent, a number confirmed in Tuesday’s poll.

An anti-establishment rebellion could also extend to the legislature. Brazilians will be voting next year for two thirds of the Senate and the whole lower house.

In 2016, the long-dominant Workers’ Party took a pasting in municipal elections. The same may happen to other mainstays such as the PSDB and Temer’s PMDB, analysts say.

“Fears are growing among members of Brazil’s traditional parties that Operation Car Wash could destroy the political system as they know it,” risk analysis group Stratfor said on Tuesday.

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Philippines: Editorial — “Shoot the corrupt government workers!” — The President reiterated his commitment to stamp out corruption (Just like in China)

April 17, 2017

It can amuse the audience, and there are people who would love to shoot government workers who demand grease money before doing what they are paid to do. But everyone knows the average person isn’t going to shoot such crooks in government, as President Duterte advised the business community in Qatar last Saturday.

Addressing the Philippines-Qatar business forum in Doha, the President reiterated his commitment to stamp out corruption. If any employee of the Bureau of Internal Revenue or Bureau of Customs, for example, demanded even P10 in grease money, “shoot him,” the President told the businessmen.

The public would prefer to have the government do the shooting – figuratively, it must be stressed in this season of Tokhang and Double Barrel Reloaded. The country has tough laws against various forms of corruption including the most serious, plunder. Anti-money laundering laws also cover graft-related offenses. What is lacking, as is the case in many laws in this country, is proper enforcement.

Stamping out corruption, as the President has promised, also suffers from the weakness of the regulatory environment and institutional structures. Processes are designed to force the payment of grease money to oil the wheels of government.

Among the biggest hindrances to any attempt to fight graft are corrupt members of the judiciary. As long as justice is for sale in this country, people can expect to get away with corruption. This is true especially among those who are accused of large-scale plunder. These individuals typically have amassed sufficient ill-gotten wealth to hire topnotch lawyers who know the judges and justices whose decisions are for sale to the highest bidder. A recent report prepared by the US government also specifically cited the problem of corruption in the Philippine judiciary as a major hindrance to bilateral trade.

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President Duterte has no disciplinary supervision over an independent and co-equal branch of government, but he can use his power to appoint or promote members of the judiciary to help clean up the justice sector. Within the executive branch, he must demand results from his officials in drastically cutting red tape and improving procedures in every agency. It will take more than bullets to rid this country of corruption.

http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2017/04/18/1691374/editorial-shoot-corrupt

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A man suspected of dealing drugs shot dead after a “buy and bust” operation in Quezon City in September. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

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Senior Chinese banking regulator under investigation: Caixin

April 16, 2017

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Yang Jiacai,  China Banking Regulatory Commission

BEIJING (REUTERS) – A senior official at the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) is under investigation for suspected links to a loan scandal, the financial magazine Caixin reported, citing sources close to the matter.

Yang Jiacai, assistant chairman of CBRC, has been under investigation since April 9 in connection with the scandal in Hubei province, Caixin said late on Saturday, following days of rumours circulating online that Yang had gone missing.

China’s graft watchdog on April 9 also announced an investigation into the chairman of the country’s insurance regulator, Xiang Junbo, the most senior financial regulator to be investigated as part of a government fight against graft.

No official announcement of an investigation into him has been made. His name and profile were still accessible on the CBRC website on Sunday.

Caixin reported last Friday that Yang had been relieved of his duties, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

CBRC did not respond to a faxed request for comment on Friday or to a second fax on Sunday about the investigation.

Yang’s last public appearance was on April 7 speaking at a news conference about new risk control guidelines for lenders as part of efforts to contain risks from a rapid build-up in debt.

China’s top leaders have pledged this year to address financial risks and asset bubbles.

President Xi Jinping has pledged to wage war on deep seated graft in the ruling Communist party until officials at all levels dare not be corrupt, warning that a failure to check the rot could threaten the party’s existence.

Yang and his wife and son were all placed under investigation due to their suspected involvement in a loan scandal in Hubei, Yang’s home province, Caixin said.

Yang spent most of his career in Hubei and was deputy head of the central bank’s Wuhan city branch in Hubei from 1997 to 2003, according to his official profile.

According to the article, investigations into the scandal have already led to a number of official probes, including into chief risk officer of China’s Bank of Communications, Yang Dongping, who was expelled from the party on Feb 24.

Yang became assist chairman of the CBRC in 2013.

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Some say Xi Jinping’s anti-corrption campaign is just a way for him to elivinate critics and political foes. No one will come forward to say that corrupion is down undr Xi Jinping. That’s only a myth….

It happens in Russia — occasionally. An oligarch, made fabulously wealthy through the privatization of state assets, breaks ranks, becoming a critic of President Vladimir V. Putin.

China was different. Its growing ranks of billionaires often owe their fortunes to the good graces of the Communist Party and its leading families. But the firsthand knowledge that the country’s tycoons might have of the complex shareholding ties that serve to enrich the political elite had stayed secret.

That changed this year. In two rambling interviews with a New York-based media company lasting more than four hours, Guo Wengui, a real estate magnate, described what he said was a ferocious struggle that culminated two years ago in the collapse of a business deal pitting him against relatives of a retired top Communist Party official, He Guoqiang.

Since then, Mr. Guo has lived abroad, and is a member of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

In going public with his charges, Mr. Guo demonstrated just how dangerous a loose-lipped billionaire can be to China’s Communist Party. The party still strives to cultivate an image of selfless service to the nation, with state-run news media repeatedly emphasizing that no official is immune to President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive, now in its fifth year.

If Mr. Guo is to be believed, Mr. Xi, when he assumed leadership of the Communist Party in November 2012, may have faced a far more serious corruption problem than has been publicly disclosed, touching not only the departing chief of the country’s security forces but perhaps also the top official in charge of rooting out graft in the party’s own ranks, Mr. He. Both were members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the elite body that wields supreme power in China.

“If you are Xi Jinping and you are deciding to go after corruption, can you take them on all at once?” asked Andrew Wedeman, a professor of political science at Georgia State University who studies corruption in Chinese politics.

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Zhou Yongkang, the former head of the security forces, in court in 2015.CreditChina Central Television, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The former head of the security forces, Zhou Yongkang, was prosecuted on graft charges and is now serving a life sentence in prison. But there is no report that Mr. He or members of his family have been prosecuted. To Mr. Guo, that demonstrates the weakness of the corruption crackdown: Among the elite, the campaign touches only those who are already on the losing side of factional power struggles.

Mr. Guo explained in a March 8 videotaped interview with Mirror Media Group, a Chinese-language news company based on Long Island, how Mr. He’s son He Jintao was the “boss” of the second-largest shareholder in Founder Securities, a company in which Mr. Guo was seeking to acquire a large stake. He Jintao concealed his role through a proxy, according to Mr. Guo.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/world/asia/china-billionaire-guo-wengui-xi-mar-a-lago.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fasia&_r=0

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China says insurance regulator head probed for suspected graft

April 9, 2017

Reuters

The head of China’s insurance regulator is under investigation for suspected disciplinary violations, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Sunday, using phrasing that usually refers to graft.

In a brief statement, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Xiang Junbo, head of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission, was suspected of “serious disciplinary violations”.

It gave no further details.

The regulator has stepped up a crackdown on risky activities by some aggressive players in the insurance sector, particularly those seen to be engaging in financial market speculation using expensive short-term funds.

Xiang, who is also a member of the central bank’s monetary policy committee, took control of the insurance regulator in 2011 after serving as chairman of Agricultural Bank of China, one of the big four state banks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is leading a campaign against official corruption that is tearing down once-untouchable party, military and business leaders and rolling up their powerful networks of relatives and allies.

(Reporting by Kevin Yao; Editing by Michael Perry)

Three Chinese Sinopec Oil Executives Sought in $800 Million Fraud Case — China’s anti-corruption watchdog opened case on Sinopec in 2014 but troubles persist

March 21, 2017

Reuters

Tue Mar 21, 2017 | 3:38am EDT

By Fergus Jensen and Cindy Silviana | JAKARTA
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Indonesian police said on Tuesday Interpol has issued red notices, the closest to an international arrest warrant, for three Chinese executives suspected of fraud linked to a more than $800 million Sinopec oil terminal development in Indonesia.

China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, or Sinopec, is the second major Chinese state oil firm in less than three years to find staff facing allegations of corruption in Indonesia, where the resources sector is riddled with graft and legal and contractual uncertainty.

“The three red notices have been published for those wanted people,” said National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar.

Indonesian authorities filed a request for Interpol assistance on Feb. 21 regarding the three executives, suspects in the alleged embezzlement of an undisclosed sum of money from the West Point Terminal project, Amar said. He identified the three as West Point Terminal finance director Zhang Jun, chief executive Feng Zhigang and chairman Ye Zhijun.

A Sinopec spokesman declined to comment. Reuters has not yet been able to find telephone numbers or email addresses for the three executives, so has been unable to contact them for comment.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she had seen reports about the red notices, but was not aware of specifics.

Interpol’s General Secretariat press office said in an emailed response to questions on the matter that it did not “comment on specific cases or individuals except in special circumstances”.

A red notice is Interpol’s highest alert and is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition. It is not an international arrest warrant as Interpol cannot compel any member country to arrest an individual who is the subject of a red notice.

Indonesia, an archipelago of some 250 million people rich in resources, is routinely ranked by watchdog Transparency International as one of the world’s most corrupt countries.

Former Indonesian energy minister Jero Wacik is serving an eight-year prison term for involvement in extortion and kickbacks worth about $840,000.

SERIES OF SETBACKS

Defrizal Djamaris, a lawyer representing West Point Terminal’s 5-percent stakeholder, PT Mas Capital Trust (MCT), said MCT reported suspicions of fraud on the project to local police in 2015.

The red notices were issued because the three executives had left the country and “not cooperated” with local police investigations, Djamaris said. The police’s Amar did not confirm this.

The West Point Terminal was touted to be Southeast Asia’s largest and was initially expected to be operational by mid-2016, but has faced a series of setbacks including a lawsuit filed by Indonesian shareholders in November.

The project in Indonesia’s Batam free trade zone to the south of Singapore is 95-percent owned by Sinopec Kantons Holdings, a subsidiary of Sinopec.

Sinopec Kantons bought into the project in January 2012, aiming to develop a 2.6 million-tonne storage facility worth more than $800 million.

The project was delayed by several years due to slow demand for tank space, Reuters reported. An official at Indonesia’s energy ministry said the downstream operations permit for the West Point Terminal expired in late 2014.

Sinopec’s only other Indonesian asset is an 18-percent stake in Chevron’s deep water project, bought in 2010.

Sinopec Kantons, which is one of Sinopec’s smallest subsidiaries, was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Fergus Jensen, Cindy Silviana and Wilda Asmarini in JAKARTA, and Meng Meng and Michael Martina in BEIJING; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Paul Tait and Joseph Radford)

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The Indonesia Expat

The development of an oil depot on Batam by China-based Sinopec Group was recently halted due to a dispute between Indonesia-based PT Mas Capital Trust and Sinomart KTS Development Ltd (a subsidiary of Sinopec). The two companies formed a joint venture to build a fuel depot on the island in 2012. Recently, Sinopec representatives fell under suspicion of embezzling company money.

The dispute emerged because Sinomart appointed a general contractor for the project, but allegedly did not get consent from PT Mas Capital Trust. The contractor who was appointed was more expensive than others and was not procured transparently, according to PT Mas Capital Trust’s attorney. This was seen as a violation of the agreement between the companies.

The importance of the project to Indonesia’s economy has prompted the government to take action. Through a special economic policy task force controlled by the maritime ministry, the government asked Indonesian National Police headquarters to intervene and launch an investigation. The probe aims to discover whether China-based oil and gas company Sinopec is guilty of criminal wrongdoing on Batam.

“It’s true that we asked police headquarters to take over the case from Kepri’s Regional Police so that we can retrieve information more easily,” explained task force official Purbaya Yudhi Sadewa, as quoted by BeritaSatu.

Sadewa stated that Sinomart’s oil depot project worth US$850 million was halted due to criminal activity. Officials commented on the joint venture, saying the halted project caused Sinomart’s local representatives to leave Indonesia, which in turn led to a halted investment.

By stepping out from Indonesia, Sinomart’s representatives did not acquiesce to the regional police’s push to investigate the case. Sadewa said WG IV is currently doing its best to optimize the search for solutions, as the investment remains important to the country’s economic decision making.

With all this in mind, Sadewa claims the government would not intervene on an internal dispute between the two companies of the joint venture. Moreover, the case was already brought to the International Court of Arbitration by PT Mas Capital Trust’s attorney.

Trisakti University’s criminal law expert Abdul Fickar Hadjar said that WG IV must have a clear reason in recommending the Criminal Investigation Agency of Police Headquarters to take over cases normally handled by Kepri’s Regional Police.

Previously, Kepri’s Regional Police set two of PT West Point Terminal’s directors and one of its commissioners as suspects.

Through PT West Point Terminal (the name of the joint venture), Sinopec Group said it wanted to build a fuel depot on Batam. The three representatives from the project who left Indonesia are accused of embezzling around US$1.5 million.

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China uncovers power abuses, nepotism at Sinopec

Feb 7, 2015  China’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Saturday that it had uncovered evidence of graft at China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec Group), warning the state-owned oil giant to take strong action to eradicate kickbacks, nepotism and theft.

Sinopec, the parent company of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp , must take steps to stop “power-for-money dealings” and prevent the loss of state assets, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said.

Some executives are suspected of corruption in areas of project construction, supply, sales, joint-ventures, and overseas operations, the agency said in a statement on its website (www.ccdi.gov.cn/).

It also said businesses set up by families and relatives of managers have profited from their connections.

The statement quoted Sinopec Chairman Fu Chengyu pledging to “take real and tough actions and severely punish corruption”.

China has stepped up inspections, focusing on strategic firms, as it prepares to carry out its most ambitious reform of state-run industrial conglomerates in nearly two decades.

President Xi Jinping has warned that corruption is a threat to the Communist Party’s survival and has vowed to go after powerful “tigers” as well as lowly “flies”. (Reporting by Kevin Yao; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

Philippines: Impeachment complaint highlights alleged graft and corruption

March 16, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reacts during a press conference at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Monday, March 13, 2017. The Philippine president has ordered the military to assert his country’s ownership of a vast offshore region off its northeastern coast where Chinese survey ships have been sighted last year and alarmed defense officials. AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines — The first impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday morning highlighted graft and corruption allegedly committed by the president.

Of the 17-page impeachment complaint filed by Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, at least ten pages discussed the alleged violations of the Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices Act by Duterte and his family.

Alejano, allied with vocal Duterte critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes, said the complaint contains annexes of the president’s bank accounts, which he claims were not declared in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). He also alleged Duterte has a number of bank accounts amounting to P2.2 billion.

House Speaker: This is stupidity

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s party mate and ally, has dismissed the complaint as stupidity and has said it will not prosper.
“Simply put, this is stupidity, period,” Alvarez said in a TV interview.
He said the House of Representatives will process the complaint but said that nothing will come of it.
“Huwag na po tayong makarating doon sa numbers, pag-usapan na lang po natin yung substance. I don’t think doon sa substance po ay papasa iyan. Malinaw na malinaw po yan, kasing linaw po ng sikat ng araw,” he said.
Administration party PDP-Laban leads a supermajority coalition at the House and members are expected to toe the line as they did on the vote on the death penalty bill, which the House has already passed on third and final reading.
On Wednesday, several members of the majority were removed from leadership positions for voting against the bill. Among those removed was Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who was, until then, a deputy speaker.
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Trillanes: Impeachment could happen by May

Prior to the filing of the impeachment complaint, Trillanes already mentioned possible impeachment proceedings against Duterte.

He said among the grounds to impeach Duterte include his alleged ill-gotten wealth that were undeclared in his SALN as well as his supposed violations of due process, human rights provision of the Constitution and the multiple murder when he was still a mayor of Davao City.

Trillanes in a previous radio interview, said Duterte’s ill-gotten wealth should be exposed because the people are not yet aware of this.  He said the president always portrays himself living a simple life when he own several secret bank accounts and properties.

The senator last week claimed that Duterte also owns around six to eight Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which he said belies the president’s simple image. Asked where he got the information, he said it was former SPO3 Arthur Lascañas, who also claims that he is a Davao Death Squad member, who told him.

“Maraming video niyan na naka-Harley Davidson si Duterte. Sa media, I believe makikita ‘yan, ipinagmamalaki niya yan,” Trillanes told Philstar.com at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum last week.

“Hindi kasi puwedeng sabihin simpleng buhay ka lang kasi yung Harley Davidson mga 1.5 to 2 million pesos each ‘yan e,” he added.

‘Unexplained wealth’

In his impeachment complaint, Alejano also raised the unexplained wealth of Duterte and his children who include local government officials, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

Alejano said the president and his family’s wealth grossly is disproportionate to their legitimate means while their salaries and wages are also disproportionate.

He added that there had been several public admissions from the president himself. He also cited that Duterte made an excuse that some properties were given as “gifts” and “donations” from long-time friend Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name Church, which he stressed, were also not declared.

Alejano slammed Duterte for not declaring his wealth, saying even property given as gifts should be declared in SALNs.

“The problem is not whether or not the Respondent Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s wealth is legal or illegal or whether or not it exceeded a certain threshold or not. The fact is that he never reported the same in his SALN, where he claimed to have Net Worth of around P23.5 million only even in his latest SALN filed in 2016,” the complaint read.

The Magdalo representative also raised the Commission on Audit report questioning the hiring of 11,000 contractual workers in 2014 which took P708 million from Davao City.

By doing this, Alejano said, Duterte violated the Anti-Graft Corrupt Practices Act or the Republic Act 3018.

He said this may result to “dismissal due to unexplained wealth in accordance to the provisions of RA 1379” or the “Act declaring forfeiture in favor of the state any property found to have been unlawfully acquired by any public officer or employee and providing for the proceedings therefor.”

 

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/03/16/1681736/impeachment-complaint-highlights-alleged-graft-and-corruption
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Corruption cases in China jumped one-third in 2016 — “The zero-tolerance stance on corruption will certainly not be changed.”

March 12, 2017

Reuters

Sat Mar 11, 2017 | 9:15pm EST

The number of corruption cases heard by Chinese courts jumped by about one-third last year, as the country’s top prosecutor vowed on Sunday there would be no let up in China’s campaign against deep-seated graft.

Since assuming office more than four years ago, President Xi Jinping has waged war on corruption, warning, like others before him, that the problem is so bad it could affect the ruling Communist Party’s grip on power.

Dozens of senior figures have been jailed for corruption and abusing their positions, including a once powerful domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang.

In an annual report to China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament, chief justice Zhou Qiang said Chinese courts in 2016 heard 45,000 graft cases involving 63,000 people, though he did not say how many had been convicted or provide a comparison.

Compared with figures he gave in last year’s report though, that represents about a one-third rise for both on 2015.

 Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for tougher security measures in Xinjiang, during a session of the national people’s congress.
Chinese president Xi Jinping.  Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Top prosecutor Cao Jianming said in his work report that anti-corruption efforts will “absolutely not weaken”.

“The zero-tolerance stance on corruption will certainly not be changed,” Cao said.

Both men also promised to keep up the pressure on separatists, extremists and terrorists.

However, they provided no details on the number of people convicted for these crimes in 2016.

In 2015, Chinese courts convicted more than 1,400 people for harming national security, including taking part in terrorism and secessionist activities, double a broadly equivalent number given for 2014.

Hundreds of people have been killed over the past few years in China’s resource-rich Xinjiang province, strategically located on the borders of central Asia, in violence between the Muslim Uighur people, who call the region home, and ethnic majority Han Chinese.

Officials have blamed the unrest on Islamist militants and separatists, though rights groups and exiles say anger at Chinese controls on the religion and culture of the Uighurs is more to blame for the strife. China denies any repression in Xinjiang.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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