President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said work is “far from over” in efforts to foster a healthy human rights environment in the country.In his taped speech at the Human Rights Summit organized by the Department of Justice, Duterte said he is “proud” that the… Read More
The government remains committed to upholding accountability and sustaining a functional justice system that complies with the highest standards of protecting human rights, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Monday.Speaking at the opening of the three-day Philippine Human Rights… Read More
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is finalizing rules on the identification of persons who are members of terrorist organizations as mandated by Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.”We are in the process of crafting the rules. We hope to submit the rules for the ATC’s… Read More
MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday said it would start sorting complaints received by the task force on corruption next week.”All complaints so far received by the task force against corruption secretariat are now being screened and evaluated. I will call a meeting of the main… Read More
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Wednesday slammed critics for questioning President Rodrigo Duterte’s refusal to name lawmakers who allegedly received kickbacks from project contractors.In his commentary show “Counterpoint”, Panelo said detractors… Read More
MANILA – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said he received instructions on going after public officials, who do not belong to the executive department, in the course of the investigations into corruption allegations.”The President stated that if the involvement of a member of… Read More
MANILA – The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Wednesday reiterated that the agency cannot name or probe lawmakers linked in corruption at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), insisting that only the Office of the Ombudsman has jurisdiction to investigate elected… Read More
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
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).
Government officials on Thursday reiterated that the country’s new anti-terrorism law would not curtail the people’s right to stage protest actions.”Protests, along with those engaged in advocacy, protest, dissent, stoppage of work, industrial or mass action, creative, artistic and… Read More