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PACC clears Manny Piñol of corruption

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By Prince Golez

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has been cleared of corruption allegations over rice importation deals.

In Resolution No. 14 last June 10, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said there was no evidence that Piñol was involved in any corrupt practices.

“The PACC commends Secretary Piñol for coming forward and volunteering to be subjected to a thorough lifestyle check and investigation following allegations that he benefitted from transactions in his capacity as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture,” PACC said in a news release Wednesday.

Piñol, the agency added, opened all his bank accounts and financial documents to scrutiny.

The PACC said the Anti-Money Laundering Council, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Land Transportation Office, the Land Registration Authority, the Philippine National Police, Civil Security Group, and Firearms and Explosives Office conducted the seven-month full lifestyle check on the secretary.

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