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President Duterte appoints Atty. Eduardo Bringas as PACC executive director

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed as executive director of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) lawyer Eduardo Bringas.

Bringas was the legal counsel of former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala who filed complaints against Senator Leila de Lima and former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Officer in Charge Rafael Ragos on alleged conspiracy in illegal drug operations.

Bringas will be with PACC chief, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez as well as commissioners former senatorial candidate Grego Belgica, Gregorio Luiso Contacto, and Rickson Chiong.  — UNTV News & Rescue

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Creation of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, unconstitutional and redundant – critics

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, October 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Magdalo party-list Rep Gary Alejano believes the creation of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, is unconstitutional and redundant.

The lawmaker argued that such a commission will only be used for the president’s benefits.

“This is a clear threat and intimidation to what the Ombudsman is doing. And this is also an assault on the independence of the Ombudsman,” said Alejano.

Members of the Liberal Party (LP) also criticized the said proposal of the president.

Senator Franklin Drilon said the president might use the said executive order to impose discipline, or possibly control over the officials of other branches of the government like members of the Congress, Judiciary, Civil Service Commission, Commission on Audit, Commission on Elections, Commission on Human Rights, and the Office of the Ombudsman.

Drilon explained that the creation of a presidential anti-corruption commission would violate the constitutional independence stated under the Constitution.

Ifugao Rep. Teddy Bagulat, meanwhile said the plan of the president is a clear intimidation to the Office of the Ombudsman and aims to harass the critics of his administration.

On the other hand, administration ally Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said the chief executive has the authority to create a separate organization.

He said the Executive branch should be able to detail the functions of the said commission.

“Let’s assume then that there is corruption in the Office of the Ombudsman, below the Office of the Ombudsman, where will the people go to? The Ombudsman? And if you were the president and you always hear such a complaint, will you just let it be? So I agree with the organization of commission but be conscious of the limits of its functions,” said Pimentel.

“They should know the extent of the power or limits of their power, the executive branch cannot discipline the ombudsman,” he added. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue


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Morales supporters flock at the Office of the Ombudsman

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, October 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Hundreds of supporters of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales gathered at her office building on Friday to show sympathy amid the controversies Morales is currently facing.

Among those present in the solidarity event were former Cabinet members under the previous administration.

Former DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman questioned the timing of the creation of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission.

“Bakit mo itinatayo ngayon, dahil ba iniimbestigahan ka? Meron nga ho ba kayong bilyon o milyon?” said Soliman.

Soliman added that the Ombudsman shouldn’t be suppressed as she is just doing her duty.

The former secretary also called on President Rodrigo Duterte to allow an investigation into the allegations against him particularly his alleged hidden wealth.

“Destabilizer ganyan hindi po yan ang issue. Ang issue po meron ba kayong bilyon o wala? At malalaman lang po yan kung pipirma kayo ng waiver (Destabilization is not the issue. The issue is whether or not you have billions. The only way to find out is if you’re going to sign a waiver),” said the former Social Welfare Secretary.

For his part, former Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro fears the persecution against the Office of the Ombudsman.

They wanted to show Morales that they support her in performing her mandate.

“Kailangang kailangan ng bayan na  mayroong nagko-correct, merong nagba-balance at hindi natin pwedeng takutin sila (The country needs agencies that will carry out checks and balances and they should not be threatened),” said Luistro.

Morales did not attend the event but extended her message through Luistro.

“Sabi niya salamat sa iyong suporta, ‘Nais ko mang sumama sa misa baka masamain pa at sabihin ako ang nag-organisa ng misa at sabihin na pinupulitika ko ito'(She is grateful for your support. She says, ‘I would like to join you at the mass but they might take it the wrong way and say that I organized the mass and that I’m politicizing it) ,” relayed the former Education secretary.

Former Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jing Deles and former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Eta Rosales were among the known personalities present at the solidarity event.

In a message read by a subordinate, Morales vowed to continue doing her job as the ombudsman. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue



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PRRD orders creation of Presidential Anti-corruption Commission

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of Presidential Anti-corruption Commission through Executive Order No. 43.

The newly formed commission will investigate administrative charges particularly graft and corruption cases involving presidential appointees.

It also has the power to probe and gather information and evidence like what the Office of the Ombudsman does.

Aside from these functions, the commission can also conduct lifestyle checks and fact-finding inquiries on presidential appointees upon the order of the president.

After the completion of an investigation, the commission will then submit a report and recommendation to the president including the penalties to be imposed on those proven involved in corruption. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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