President Duterte appoints Atty. Eduardo Bringas as PACC executive director
admin • February 9, 2018 • 8204
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
The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is set to file raps against 36 Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) officials next week amid the mass corruption issue in the agency.
According to PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica, they are preparing to file administrative charges and has recommended the dismissal of said officials. Belgica, meanwhile, did not identify the names of the involved officials.
“Ipapasa na po namin sa Ombudsman next week, those cases na we believe are airtight cases na. Mga naimbestigahan na namin. Definitely po madadagdagan pa iyan as the investigation proceeds (Those we believe are airtight cases, we will submit it to the [Office of the Ombudsman] next week. There will definitely be more cases as the investigation proceeds),” he said.
Belgica claims that PhilHealth’s poor IT System had given way to corrupt officials to do anomalous activities. He also said corruption is done in various regions across the country which is similar to the ‘Pork Barrel Scam’ system.
“So every region na nagta-transact ang mga ospital in different places, doon nagkakaroon ng areglo, doon nagkakaroon ng connivance. Ang bulk ng pera ng PhilHealth na nawawala, doon lumalabas (So in every region where hospitals do their transactions that’s where connivance happens. The bulk of PhilHealth’s money goes there),” he said.
Meanwhile, the PACC and Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte to form a task force that will head the investigation on the PhilHealth corruption allegations.
PhilHealth has already denied the allegations saying the claims have no proper basis or evidence. -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) commissioner and Spokesperson Greco Belgica on Thursday clarified that the call of one of his colleagues to probe Vice President Leni Robredo’s fund drive and relief operations amid the COVID-19 crisis was just “his personal opinion.”
In a statement, Belgica said Commissioner Manuelito Luna’s statement calling on the National Bureau of Investigation to prove Robredo for allegedly competing with the government’s efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 “was a personal opinion,” and “does not reflect the body’s sentiments.
“PACC is not asking anyone to investigate VP Leni Robredo. On the other hand, we are grateful to everyone who is helping the frontliners and the needy, including the VP,” he said.
“This is not the time for politicking. We are not concerned with any personality. Our main concern is to make sure all the needy Filipinos get all the help they need the President promised,” he added.
He also said that the government’s immediate concern right now is to end the coronavirus pandemic, save lives, and rebuild the country and the lives of people after the crisis ends.
“Magtulungan po tayo. Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng tumutulong pati ang hindi lumalabas ng bahay. Tayo po ay nakakatulong sa ating pagsunod,” he said.
Robredo’s camp earlier slammed Luna’s statement, calling it “ridiculous” and “inappropriate” amid the COVID-19 threat.
Robredo’s spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez said VP Leni has mobilized groups and organized free transport to help health workers, government institutions, and ordinary Filipinos overcome the challenges they had to face due to the threat of infection.
“Anyone who insists that bringing much-needed assistance to hospitals, health workers, and poor Filipinos is somehow a ‘competition’ has absolutely no understanding of the gravity of the crisis we are all facing,” he said.
He assured that Robredo will continue to do all she can to help those in need in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is set to investigate the Bureau of Corrections Director-General Nicanor Faeldon and other officials of the agency amid the controversial implementation of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).
PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica said they will start reviewing the Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance law to determine if there were any loopholes.
They will particularly look at how the Bucor implemented the said law and if the ones who effected the release of the prisoners were qualified under the law.
“We will conduct an investigation based on that. Was the law violated? Were there corruption involved? Mga allegations ng pagbebenta ng Kalayaan [Allegations of freedom for sale],” Belgica said.
Data from the Bucor said more than 2,000 heinous crime convicts were freed by virtue of the GCTA law since 2014.
The PACC head, however, said heinous crime convicts must not be eligible in the application of the law.
“Ang heinous crimes, penalized by death ‘yan eh. Kaso lang lifted ang death penalty ngayon. So meaning, if hindi lifted ang death penalty, then, patay na dapat ‘yung convicted for heinous crime. So, hindi na siya magka-qualify sa GCTA [Heinous crimes are penalized by death. However, the death penalty is now lifted. So meaning, if only the death penalty were not lifted, those convicted of heinous crimes will be dead by now. Meaning, these individuals will no longer be qualified to avail of the CGTA (benefit)],” Belgica added.
He also maintained that their investigation will be in accordance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive.
He added that the President also plans to launch his own investigation on the case.
In case the Bucor officials will be found guilty, they will face administrative charges or be removed from their posts, depending on what the President will decide upon.
They might also face criminal charges before the Office of the Ombudsman.
To date, the commission said it will keep track on the Senate hearing on the said controversy as they see that it will be a big help on their own investigation. (with details from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf
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