PACC eyes filing initial cases vs erring gov’t officials next week
MANILA, Philippines—The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said they will begin filing cases against erring government officials next week.
In a public briefing on Thursday (April 15), PAAC Chairman Greco Belgica said they plan to file the initial cases against several officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) once the Office of the Ombudsman resumes operations.
“By next week, pagbukas ng Ombudsman, we will be filing initial cases doon sa mga kaso na nandito sa office. We’re geared up to file a case next week and we are preparing to file more cases in the coming weeks,” he said.
Meanwhile, the DPWH officials previously identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as involved in corruption had been under investigation by the PACC. Belgica said the agency found evidence proving their involvement in illegal activities.
“We have discovered many damning evidence on the officials. However, doon po sa ma legislators na mga involved, ito po ay iti-nurn over na namin sa Department of Justice (DOJ),” he said.
The PACC official said the agency has no jurisdiction over legislators but as for officials in the DPWH, the agency found evidence proving their involvement.
“Napaka ganda po ng investigation. We are currently substantiating with documents and evidence the testimonies na nakuha namin. As expected these are positive results that support the theories that we had. AAC
Mercado formally assumes post as DPWH secretary
MANILA, Philippines—Newly appointed secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Roger Mercado formally assumed his post on Thursday (October 14).
During a turnover ceremony, former secretary Mark Villar handed over the stewardship of DPWH to Mercado. This was after President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Mercado on October 12.
Villar stepped down as the department secretary to run for senator in the 2022 national elections.
“It is an honor to work with the professional men and women of DPWH and to be able to continue oversee the completion of Department’s flagship infrastructure programs and projects,” Mercado said.
He also vowed to sustain the current momentum in the department in order to “deliver more high-impact projects that will benefit the Filipino people including those living in remote communities.” AAC
Southern Leyte solon takes oath as new DPWH chief
MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker from Southern Leyte has been designated as secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado took his oath before Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as the new DPWH chief, as shown in photos shared by his son, Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado, on social media on Wednesday.
He will replace Mark Villar, who resigned from the post last week to pursue his senatorial bid in the 2022 elections.
Malacañang has yet to issue a statement confirming Mercado’s appointment to the DPWH.
List of unpassable roads due to Maring onslaught
Several roads and bridges in Region 1 and in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have been closed due to the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Maring.
In a travel advisory, regional offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported that Bayugao Bridge in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur has been damaged and is unpassable to motorists. DPWH Region I said sourcing of bailey panels and accessories are ongoing.
Cebu-Toledo Wharf Road, Brgy. Manipis, Talisay City, Cebu is also not passable to motorists. Ongoing clearing operations are being conducted at both ends of the road closure.
Meanwhile, clearing operations are underway in Baguio-Bontoc Road. The road was blocked due to rock collapse. AAC