The Task Force against corruption would investigate the Office of the Vice President only if there is a complaint filed against it.
This was the response of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra when asked if the OVP was included in the list of agencies to be probed by the task force formed by the President to look into corruption activities in the government.
“Kung may complaint about any corruption, yes,” said Guevarra, adding that so far it has not received any corruption complaint against the office of Vice President Leni Robredo.
He also said there was no particular order from Malacanang to zero in on the office of Robredo.
“No. walang ganun,” he said.
Meanwhile, Justice Undersecretary and Spokesperson Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said there was a surge of corruption complaints filed at the DOJ-Action Center.
She said the Operations Center Secretariat is in the process of consolidating the complaints they received. So far, there were 60 complaints filed, most of them involving irregularities at the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Villar also said the filing of charges may take some time while evidence are being gathere.
On 27 October, the President ordered to expand the role of the Task Force PhilHealth to probe the “entire government” for corruption. He specifically mentioned the Department of Public Works and Highways, where he said corruption is rampant, particularly in right-of-way claims. Recently, he urged the corrupt elements in the department to resign immediately.