Gue­varra to probe cor­rupt prose­cu­tors

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By JEF­FREY G. DAMICOG

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Me­nardo Gue­varra said yes­ter­day that he would con­duct his own in­ves­ti­ga­tion against al­leged cor­rupt state prose­cu­tors.

“With or with­out any in­struc­tion from the Pres­i­dent, I will com­mence our in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion within the DOJ (De­part­ment of Jus­tice),” said Gue­varra in a text mes­sage.

Re­cently, Pres­i­dent Duterte dis­closed that more gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in­clud­ing DOJ prose­cu­tors are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for graft and cor­rup­tion.

The Pres­i­den­tial Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (PACC) al­ready iden­ti­fied four prose­cu­tors un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, namely, Sam­ina Sam­paco Ma­ca­ban­doUs­man, Ben­jamin Lanto, Cle­mente Vil­lanueva, and Floren­cio dela Cruz.

“The com­plaint will most likely be filed with the Om­buds­man, but it doesn’t pre­vent the DOJ from con­duct­ing its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion through its In­ter­nal Af­fairs Unit,” said Gue­varra.

“The Om­buds­man will fo­cus on the crim­i­nal as­pect, the DOJ on the ad­min­is­tra­tion as­pect,” he ex­plained.

PACC Com­mis­sioner Greco Bel­gica said he has al­ready rec­om­mended to Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to have the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man in­ves­ti­gate those listed as in­volved in the smug­gling of gold and jew­elry in­clud­ing the four prose­cu­tors.

Re­cently, the Pres­i­dent axed Jus­tice As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Mosle­men Macaram­bon Sr. for al­legedly in­ter­ven­ing on be­half of his in-laws who are al­legedly gold and jew­elry on smug­glers.

Macaram­bon is also on the list of the PACC.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.