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3 senators welcome Duterte 24-hour hotline

  • Written by Bernadette E. Tamayo
  • Published in Nation
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REELECTED Senators Ping Lacson and Tito Sotto III as well as Sen. Sonny Angara approve of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to install a 24-hour “hotline” to allow citizens to directly report to him anomalies in government.

The hotline will accept complaints from the public concerning alleged involvement of some government officials or employees in graft and corruption as well as inefficiencies in discharging their duties.
    
Asked to comment on the upcoming installation of the hotline, Angara said: “Magandang ideya ‘yon para umabot mismo kay Presidente ang mga reklamo ng ordinaryong tao.”
    
“Minsan naitatago itong mga aberya sa matataas na opisyal tulad ng mga haba ng pila o reklamo na ‘di ginagawan ng paraan,” said Angara. “Very good and commendable of him to think of that,” said Lacson.
    
Sotto said: “Yes, that’s fine. But I wish they also establish my long time suggestion to have a 24-hour nationwide emergency hotline for the people, (like) 911 (of the United States).”
    
However, Angara and Lacson hope that the hotline will be handled by responsible individuals as they also expressed worry that the system will become vulnerable to pranksters.
    
“Dapat din may vetting system ito kung saan iniimbestiga dahil minsan naman may mga maninira lamang. Pero maganda ito,” said Angara.
    
“Dapat lang maayos ang mag-ha-handle nung office na ‘yun. Baka magamit ng mga maninira lang or mga walang magawa sa buhay nila. Ingat din sa prank calls and the like, not to mention sure and fast action on the part of the government,” said Lacson.