PACC chair Dante Jimenez passes away at 68

Maris Federez   •   January 30, 2021   •   359

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) chairperson Dante Jimenez has passed away due to an aortic aneurysm. He was 68.

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) president Arsenio “Boy” Evangelista confirmed Jimenez’s death on his Facebook page.

“It is with deep sadness the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) officially announces the demise of its Founding Chairman Dante La Jimenez last Friday, January 29, 2021, due to an Aortic Aneurysm,” Evangelista said.

He also shared on his post the official statement of the family of Jimenez.

“We, his family will miss him dearly as we have lost a loving family man and a passionate anti-crime crusader,” the post said.

Jimenez was the founding chairman of VACC before his appointment to PACC in January 2018.

“Chairman Dante leaves behind an irreplaceable void. However, we at VACC will honor his memory by continuing the crusade with a greater sense of purpose and commitment,” the VACC board said.

Malacañang, on Saturday, offered its condolences to Jimenez’s family.

“The Palace expresses its condolences to the family, loved ones and colleagues of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairperson Dante Jimenez who died of aortic aneurysm last night, January 29, 2021,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

“PACC Chair Jimenez spent most of his productive life advocating a just and peaceful society for Filipinos by fighting criminality and corruption. He believed and shared President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s centerpiece program, which is the campaign against illegal drugs, crime and corruption, and had served the Duterte Administration as Chair of PACC and Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). He would be dearly missed,” he added. —/mbmf

PACC receives 8,000 complaints on cash aid distribution

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Around 8,000 complaints on cash aid distribution have been received by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

The PACC, on Thursday (April 15), said during the rollout of the cash aid distribution the agency already received around 8,000 complaints.

PAAC Chairman Greco Belgica said the agency is already coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to discuss the said reports.

Nakakalungkot, we have just received 8,000 reports tungkol dito. Sina-summarize namin ang reports para sa gagawing meeting with the DILG, para maaksyunan, ma-imbestigahan, makasuhan (It is saddening, we have just received 8,000 reports regarding this matter. We are summarizing the reports for our meeting with the DILG for immediate action, investigation, and for the immediate filing of cases),” he said.

Belgica reiterated the need to increase monitoring during the distribution process in order to avoid any form of anomalies.

Titingnan po namin ang sistemang gagamitin nila bukod sa mga complaints. Monitoring has to be strengthened para maiwasan ang mga ganito (We will look into the system used by the [DILG] aside from the complaints received. Monitoring has to be strengthened to avoid these issues),” he said.

The PACC officials expressed alarm on the number of complaints. He noted that during the previous cash aid distribution, the PACC received around 9,000 complaints. During the recent cash distribution, the agency already received 8,000 complaints.

Belgica advises officials not to take the money especially when families affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are finding it difficult to get by.

Kaunti na lang po iyan para po sa kanila, para po sa kanilang pamilya para mabuhay. Ibigay na po natin sa kanila iyan dahil kung pinakialaman po natin iyan (The cash aid is not much, it is for the public and their families in order to survive. Give it to them because if you took advantage and we will find out [about it]) we will make sure you will be accountable to it,” he warned. AAC

PACC eyes filing initial cases vs erring gov’t officials next week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said they will begin filing cases against erring government officials next week.

In a public briefing on Thursday (April 15), PAAC Chairman Greco Belgica said they plan to file the initial cases against several officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) once the Office of the Ombudsman resumes operations.

“By next week, pagbukas ng Ombudsman, we will be filing initial cases doon sa mga kaso na nandito sa office. We’re geared up to file a case next week and we are preparing to file more cases in the coming weeks,” he said.

Meanwhile, the DPWH officials previously identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as involved in corruption had been under investigation by the PACC. Belgica said the agency found evidence proving their involvement in illegal activities.

“We have discovered many damning evidence on the officials. However, doon po sa ma legislators na mga involved, ito po ay iti-nurn over na namin sa Department of Justice (DOJ),” he said.

The PACC official said the agency has no jurisdiction over legislators but as for officials in the DPWH, the agency found evidence proving their involvement.

“Napaka ganda po ng investigation. We are currently substantiating with documents and evidence the testimonies na nakuha namin. As expected these are positive results that support the theories that we had. AAC

 

 

PACC confirms corruption still continues in DPWH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 12, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Despite having several district engineers at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) relieved from office due to alleged corruption, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has confirmed there is still corruption in the department.

According to PACC Chairman Greco Belgica, the agency’s investigation showed that there are still employees at the DPWH that still practice corruption and other irregular practices.

The agency still finds questionable transactions and also received reports about irregularities in the department.

“Sa ngayon, ang mga reklamo na sinisiyasat namin ay nagtuturo na ang ganitong pamamalakad ay patuloy na nagaganap. May mga diretsong testimonya na mga galing sa contractors, barangay at local government officials at mga testimonya ng ilan sa inyong mga kawani na nakalap namin sa aming mga imbestigasyon (As of now, the complaints we are looking into point to irregularities still existing [within the department]. There are also testimonies from contractors, barangays, and local government officials. There are testimonies that we have gathered from several employees in our investigation),” he said.

Due to this, the PACC said they will place command centers to strictly monitor DPWH personnel and to immediately take action once there is proven corruption in the department.

The PACC also warns they will implement a one-strike policy on proven violators.

“We will press all our powers and authority to make sure, as instructed by the President, that no one gets away with these illegal activities,” Belgica said. -AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)

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