The Philippine Star

Complaints piling up at task force vs corruption


The Department of Justiceled Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC) has received 98 complaints against government officials who are allegedly engaged in graft and corrupt practices.

Since President Duterte announced the creation of the TFAC on Oct. 27, the DOJ has been receiving reports of alleged irregulari­ties committed by government officials and employees.

DOJ Undersecre­tary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said as of Dec. 1, the DOJ’s Action Center has received 35 complaints while the secretaria­t, through the Office of the Secretary, has received 63 – or a total of 98 complaints.

“However, some of the complaints received pertain to the same subject so this could be further reduced,” said Villar.

Members of the inter-agency task force have been holding meetings to finalize the setup of their operations center during the past weeks in order to make the newly formed TFAC fully operationa­l.

Last Tuesday, they discussed the functions of the Operations Center of the TFAC and the units under it, such as the secretaria­t and records custodian, Operations Center Informatio­n System, the Operations Center Evaluation Committee, special investigat­ion teams and the system of filing and receiving.

“Once the department order detailing the duties and functions is issued, it will be fully operationa­l,” said Villar.

She expects the department order to be issued “in the coming week” but that would depend on the comments of the task force members who are set to have another meeting.

The TFAC, headed by the DOJ, would be composed of the National Bureau of Investigat­ion, Presidenti­al AntiCorrup­tion Commission, Office of the Special Assistant to the President, National Prosecutio­n Service and the Anti-Money Laundering Council.

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