Nov 27, 2020 @ 13:03
PACC corrects Duterte: We’re not investigating congressmen
Was President Rodrigo Duterte misinformed yet again?
Duterte grabbed the headlines this week after he claimed that he has a list of congressmen said to be involved in corrupt acts, saying that the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission already had the names of solons reportedly asking commissions from government contractors.
Malacañang has refused to name names, saying it violates the separation of powers and branches. But here is where it got tricky: PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica said his agency isn’t really probing lawmakers.
“PACC’s investigation is directed towards DPWH anomalous transactions and projects. Media’s issues are directed towards Congressmen. For the nth and last time, PACC is not investigating any member of Congress. We can not do it under our EO.”
He added that the PACC cannot submit the supposed names to the House Ethics Committee, an idea suggested even by abogado and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Belgica said such complaints should be filed before the Ombudsman and Task-Force Against Corruption.
“DPWH anomalous transactions and projects po ang iniimbistigahan namin, hindi Congressman,” he said.