DOJ Internal Affairs Unit to probe corrupt fiscals
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Department of Justice will conduct an investigation into the prosecutors named by President DUterte as being involved in alleged corrupt activities.
Though he said he will have to talk with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission to “find the factual basis of the report,” Guevarra said the DOJ through its Internal Affairs Unit could conduct a probe on their alleged involvement in illegal activities.
“The complaint will most likely be filed with the Ombudsman, but it doesn’t prevent the DOJ from conducting its own investigation thru its Internal Affairs Unit. With or without any instruction from the President, I will commence our own internal investigation within the DOJ,” Guevarra said.
He said the DOJ probe would focus on the administrative aspect of the case since the Ombudsman has jurisdiction on the criminal aspect.
Anong the officials named by Duterte include lawyers Ambrosi Basman, Rohani Basman, Amisa Lumuntod, Amilquir Macabando, DOJ prosecutor Samina Sampaco Macabando-Usman, OIC Pasay Prosecutor Benjamin Lanto, inquest prosecutor Clemente Villanueva, Assistant Prosecutor Florenzo Adela Cruz, NAIA District Collector Ramon Anquilan, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Division Director Adzhar Albani and NAIA Customs operations officer Lomontod Macabando.