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The government’s anti-corruption task force can now be reached by the public who wanted to send complaints or reports of anomalies, Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said on Thursday (Nov. 5).

“They can send now to the DOJ Action Center (DOJAC),” said Villar.

The DOJ spokesperson said the members of the task force’s operations center met on Wednesday (Nov. 4) “to identify its functions, namely to act as the secretariat which receives information, complaints, and requests to investigate certain persons, acts or agencies.”

“The information or report will be evaluated by a committee that will recommend appropriate action—whether to refer to a specific agency, or for further investigation, or for presentation to the core group of the task force,” she said.

If there is enough information following the conduct of an investigation, Villar said the case “can be referred either to the prosecutor if it involves an official below salary grade 27 or to the Ombudsman if it is [salary grade] 27 and above.”

At the moment, Villar said it has not been decided who will be heading the operations center of the task force.

President Rodrigo Duterte last week ordered Justice Secretary Guevarra to form the task force that will conduct a government-wide investigation of corruption.

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