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Epal na, sawsaw pa! Bong Go to form anti-corruption task force

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Presidential Assistant Bong Go is forming a “truth and justice” task force composed of handpicked private individuals as part of its coalition agreement with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

Go is adding another layer of bureauracy by forming a coalition with PACC ostensibly “to help authorities conduct fact-finding inquiries, lifestyle checks, and other investigations.”

The coalition proposed “a task force to institute systematic change to policy reforms,” said Go.

“The PACC and OSAP have gathered lawyers, retired officials, religious leaders and others from the private sector who have committed their time and talents to be part of the Truth and Justice Coalition,” he said Wednesday.

Go did not provide details when the coalition was formed, but said it was initiated by him and PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica.

Go said the PACC was currently investigating and preparing a report on 50 to 80 officials allegedly involved in corruption.

Go said the “deputized persons” would be coordinated with other government agencies such as the Department of Justice which would provide witness protection; the National Bureau of Investigation which would conduct reliable investigation; and the Bureau of Internal Revenue to ensure the subject’s full compliance to an inquiry.

Go said he was thinking of a reward system for whistleblowers.

“We will study how we can reward any responsible citizen who brings to our attention that someone, somewhere is stealing the people’s money,” he said.

“Fighting graft and corruption is not solely the function of the government, we welcome groups and individuals who wish to be part of this fight to cleanse our government,” he added.