Over 200 complaints logged by anti-corruption task force: DOJ

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Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that the matter concerning the closure of the resorts in Boracay is currently one of the top priorities that are being discussed by the cabinet citing that it would not only concern the environmental aspect of the issue but the economic impact as well. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

In the midst of the president’s crusade against government corruption, the Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC) has logged over 200 complaints with the majority tagging local government units.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said of the 208 complaints, only 148 refer to actual corruption cases with 69 of these have been evaluated by the task force.

Forty cases were referred to other member agencies of the task force for comment, further investigation, or case build-up with one case set to be filed with the Office of the Ombudsman.

The complaints range from alleged violations of the anti-graft law, procurement law, Commission on Audit rules, and social amelioration programs.

Guevarra also added that there are also cases of overpricing, ghost projects, unfinished projects, kickbacks and commissions, bribery, extortion, smuggling, fake land titles, falsified free patents, and other fraudulent, corrupt, or illegal acts committed by public officials and private persons alike.

The task force, headed by the Department of Justice, is also composed of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP), National Prosecution Service (NPS), and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

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