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Philippine official: military graft staggering

Philippine official: military graft staggering

A Philippine defense official says that an ongoing investigation has shown that "staggering amounts" of military funds have been lost to corruption in the past.
Department of National Defense spokesman Eduardo Batac said Wednesday that an investigating committee is finalizing 86 proposals to shield military logistical purchases, combat funds and troop salaries from graft.
Batac says his department will focus on strengthening the 126,000-strong military against corruption and let state prosecutors charge generals and officers suspected of massive graft.
An ex-military budget officer told the Senate in January that three former military chiefs pocketed millions of dollars in military funds. The three denied the allegations and one later committed suicide.