Anti-corruption body probes Labor Secretary Bello, ex-Customs commissioner Lapeña

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7) — The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is looking into complaints for alleged corruption filed against three members of President Rodrigo Duterte's cabinet.

PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna announced the body is currently investigating Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, former Customs commissioner and now Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) head Isidro Lapeña, and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) chair Leonor Quintayo.

In a media briefing Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Malacañang will await the anti-corruption body's official findings and recommendations for Duterte.

"The President's policy ever since is there are no sacred cows in this administration. You violate the law, you are accountable" Panelo said.

"Gaya ng sinabi ko, walang mga friendship friendship diyan. Kung may ebidensya, the axe will fall where it should," he added.

[Translation: Like what I said, there are no friendships there. If there is evidence, the axe will fall where it should.]

Panelo, however, clarified the three will remain in the Cabinet while the probe is ongoing.

In a speech in June 2016, Duterte warned he will fire government employees linked to "even a whiff or whisper" of corruption.

This is a developing story.