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12 congressmen face charges

Belgica refused to name the lawmakers allegedly involved in corruption, maintaining that the task force is not going after personalities but the corrupt acts that they have committed.

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The recently created anti-graft task force will file charges of corruption against 12 lawmakers whose names were submitted by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) to President Rodrigo Duterte for their alleged anomalous transactions in government public works projects.

PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica disclosed that the charges would be filed in January. Daily Tribune chanced upon the official who assisted Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in the distribution of food packs to 100 tricycle drivers in Batasan Hills, Quezon City on Monday afternoon.

Following Duterte’s directive, Belgica said the Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC) will be meeting its field investigators this week to gather and validate information on the involvement of public officials, including some lawmakers, in the graft-laden infrastructure projects.

“At least this week, we are scheduled to meet our men and investigators,” Belgica said. “They validate the information that the task force receives. And we have information in the PACC.”

“If things go according to plan, we will be preparing the cases to be filed anytime soon. We hope to finish the cases before January,” he stated.

The task force is currently building up cases on the alleged corrupt public officials despite the limitations brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Belgica refused to name the lawmakers allegedly involved in corruption, maintaining that the task force is not going after personalities but the corrupt acts that they have committed.

He also confirmed that the task force is not exempting lawmakers allied with President Duterte.

“There’s no politics here,” Belgica maintained.

Despite intensifying the government’s anti-corruption drive in his fourth year as President, Duterte still begged off from naming the roster submitted to him by the PACC.

Duterte said he has no jurisdiction or authority to release the names of these legislators.

Senator Panfilo Lacson has pointed out that the Department of Justice, the lead agency in the anti-graft task force, can probe members of Congress.

 

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