Guevarra clarifies task force probe on anomalous gov’t transactions
Aileen Cerrudo • November 24, 2020 • 421
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra has clarified that the anti-corruption task force is aimed at probing anomalous activities in government offices and not on individuals.
This was after President Rodrigo Duterte announced he has a list of names of lawmakers allegedly involved in the corruption in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
“So, Mr. President, it’s not really the person who is being investigated but a particular transaction na maaari pong kasama o may involvement itong (which might be involved) any member of the government which is outside of the executive department,” he said.
He also clarified that the Task Force Against Corruption does not have the said list of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).
However, Guevarra said the task force will conduct its own investigation once the Office of the Ombudsman has filed a case against individuals possibly involved in corruption.
Guevarra also said it will be up to the Ombudsman if they plan to disclose the names of lawmakers possibly involved in an anomaly.
Meanwhile, according to the PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica, they do not cover investigation on Congressmen but based on the investigation they are conducting on the DPWH, there are lawmakers linked to the alleged anomalies in the department.
“Just to clarify, we are not conducting any investigation against members of Congress because our jurisdiction only covers presidential appointees. But we will submit the report for proper investigation. It was during the course of the investigation that some congressmen were implicated. Not all, but some,” he said in a statement. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has completed the guidelines in arresting violators of health and safety protocols.
In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the department is ready to present the guidelines to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). He added that they will be coordinating with the DILG in a few days.
“The guidelines will not add anything to the substantive aspect. Only as to the procedure on arrest and detention until the filing of charges, if warranted,” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has previously ordered the DOJ to draft guidelines to avoid any complications concerning the arrest.
This will also prevent overcrowding in detention centers. Health and safety protocols will still be followed to avert the spread of the virus in detention centers.
“Fully aware of the complications that may arise from effecting arrests of persons not wearing face masks were required (such as the problem of congested jails or detention centers),” he added. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are crafting guidelines for the latest order of President Rodrigo Duterte to detain those who are improperly wearing face masks in public, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Thursday.
In a message to reporters, Guevarra said the guidelines will include details on the booking and detention processes, as well as the investigation and the filing of charges against those who will be apprehended.
The DOJ chief, however, stressed that Duterte’s order takes effect immediately even if the guidelines are still being formulated.
“The President’s directive takes effect immediately even without the guidelines. Existing laws and ordinances define the prohibited acts and impose the corresponding penalties therefore, and the relevant rules of court govern the procedure,” Guevarra said.
He also advised the public to wear face masks properly and to follow the law to avoid being detained.
“The best way to avoid being arrested while the guidelines are being formulated is to wear a face mask and obey the law,” he said.
On Wednesday, Duterte ordered the Philippine National Police to impose a stricter mask mandate to stem the spread of COVID-19 that mostly affected urban centers.
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Leila M. de Lima is now in stable condition and has been discharged from the hospital, according to her personal physicians.
In a statement, Dr. Dante Morales and Dr. Errol Rhett Santelices said the result of De Lima’s tests showed no evidence of stroke.
“The medical team who attended her case said De Lima experienced episodes of migraine headaches triggered by the hot environment, poor ventilation, and noise. This was associated with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and reactive hypertension,” the statement reads.
Her personal physicians have recommended increasing ventilation in her detention quarters which is poorly ventilated and absorbs the summer heat.
It was also recommended that the senator undergo more tests should the symptoms recur.
The medical team also stressed that De Lima’s blood pressure and sugar level be regularly monitored. She was also advised to avoid stress.
De Lima was confined at the Manila Doctors Hospital for three days, from April 24-27, to undergo a medical examination.
De Lima thanked everyone who showed support, sent messages, and offered prayers for her recovery. AAC
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