To prioritize COA, media reports in corruption probe

 The mega task force against corruption would prioritize audit reports from the Commission on Audit (COA) and past media reports before launching a government-wide investigation on corruption allegations.In a Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday, Justice Undersecretary and spokesperson… Read More

Task force on corruption sets parameters for gov’t-wide probe


MANILA – The inter-agency task force that would look into allegations of corruption in government would prioritize five agencies in its investigation and have set parameters to determine which allegations would be considered, an official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Friday.In a… Read More

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the task force led by the Department of Justice (DOJ) will also be looking into the report of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) over the corruption investigation conducted on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“We’ll give it very serious consideration once received,” said Guevarra who noted the task force has yet to receive a copy of the PACC report.

“While waiting for specific complaints from the public, the TF will look into existing COA (Commission on Audit) fraud audit reports, investigative journalism reports, and other available information,” he added.

At the moment, the secretary said the task has yet to finish setting of the task force’s operations center at the DOJ which will “gather reports and receive complaints from the public.”

Guevarra said the operations center will also “ evaluate which of these complaints or reported cases deserve further investigation.”

“Only then will composite investigation teams be formed,” he said.

PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica said he has already submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte the initial report of the PACC’s investigation on corrupt activities at the DPWH.

The PACC is among the members of the DOJ-led task force which includes the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP), the National Prosecution Service (NPS), the DOJ’s Office of Cybercrime (OOC), and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

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