China companies crackdown / Philippines gifts-bribery remark / Afghanistan ghost soldiers
Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent’s war on corruption.
Luna Lin/KrAsia: https://www.kr-asia.com/baidu-alibaba-and-tencents-war-on-corruption
Palace on Duterte’s ‘gifts-not bribery’ remark: Abogado ang Pangulo. “Citing Republic Act 3019, [the Philippines Presidential Spokesperson] Panelo clarified that the anti-graft provisions do not apply to “unsolicited gifts or presents of small or insignificant value offered or given as a mere ordinary token of gratitude or friendship according to local customs or usage.”
Prince Golez/Politiko: https://politics.com.ph/palace-on-dutertes-gifts-not-bribery-remark-abogado-ang-pangulo/
Afghanistan Loses 42,000 Troops in Crackdown on 'Ghost Soldiers'. “the number of Afghan troops and police on the books fell significantly, the report [from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction] found, likely the result of the elimination of so-called "ghost" soldiers from the records…Previous SIGAR reports have cited the practice by corrupt Afghan commanders of listing non-existent troops or police on their rosters to draw their salaries, which are paid by the U.S.”
Richard Sisk/Military.com: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/08/02/afghanistan-loses-42000-troops-crackdown-ghost-soldiers.html