JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said the progress report of the Task Force against Corruption has been submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte.
Guevarra said the task force has already received a total of 144 complaints, 66 of them have already been evaluated and are mostly regional infrastructure projects.
The following are currently being investigated by the task force according to Guevarra: a) Alleged massive corruption at the first district engineering office in Northern Samar; b) Alleged ghost deliveries of rice and fuel in Capalonga, Camarines Sur; c) Alleged anomalous procurement of heavy equipment and illegal disbursement of bayanihan funds in Cateel, Davao Oriental; d) Alleged irregular bidding, bribery, and extortion at the third district engineering office in Cagayan; and 5) Other complaints, such as that pertaining to the alleged anomalous construction of two bridges in the same location in General Santos City.
“The TFAC met yesterday to discuss the status of complaints received so far by the secretariat.”
“As of January 11, 2021, the task force had received 144 complaints and had evaluated 60, mostly involving alleged anomalies in public works projects in the regions,” Guevarra said in a message.
Also, Guevarra disclosed that the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission expressed its desire to turn over to the TFAC its probe on corruption in public works projects where certain members of the House of Representatives were implicated.
He pointed out that the task force was exercising prudence in the conduct of the investigation as it acknowledged that some of the complaints might be politically motivated.
Last December, Duterte directed the DOJ to investigate corruption in the entire government.
“I hope that all government workers, officials are listening. This is a memorandum from me to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. The subject is investigating corruption allegations in the entire government,” he said in a taped speech.
“I will concentrate the last remaining years of my term fighting corruption kasi hanggang ngayon, hindi humihina, lumalakas pa lalo. Para na tuloy naging inutil ang mga opisyal ng bayan, na wala talagang magawa with the onslaught of corruption,” the President vowed.