Corruption in the Philippines

DOJ asks gov’t agencies to create internal anti-corruption systems

DOJ. This file photo shows the facade of the Department of Justice.

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the DOJ anti-corruption task force has received 60 complaints so far

The Department of Justice (DOJ) asked other government agencies to create internal mechanisms after its anti-corruption task force received about 60 complaints in the past two weeks, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Saturday, November 21. 

Aside from creating these internal anti-corruption mechanisms which may coordinate with the justice department directly, the DOJ was also exploring with the Office of the Ombudsman the matter of deputizing its senior investigating officers in selected government agencies.

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“The DOJ is giving attention to these organizational and institutional arrangements so that actual investigation and prosecution may proceed smoothly and systematically in the months to come,” Guevarra said.

Guevarra said the complaints they received so far tackled a wide range of government agencies, including the Department of Public Works and Highways (mostly regional or district offices), Bureau of Customs, Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Office, Department of Health, PhilHealth, Land Registration Authority, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Bureau of Corrections, and “a lot of local government units (LGUs).”

“The secretariat has started referring these complaints/reports to the OpCen (Operations Center) evaluation committee composed of experienced state prosecutors to determine which ones should be given priority and vigorously pursued by special investigating teams to be created by the task force,” Guevarra said.

The reports received by the task force ranged from relatively small transactions to projects worth hundreds of millions of pesos. Guevarra added that the complaints allegedly took place both in the previous and current administrations. –

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