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Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Friday (Dec. 4) that he has sought to have government prosecutors and auditors deputized by the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) in corruption-prone government agencies.

He said “the OMB, COA, and DOJ agreed to explore further the idea of deputizing DOJ prosecutors and COA (Commission on Audit) auditors as resident ombudsmen in certain corruption-prone agencies.”

Guevarra said this was reached during a meeting that was held by members of the Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC) last Wednesday (Dec. 2).

“During its meeting last Wednesday, the TFAC approved the guidelines and parameters proposed by the DOJ-created operations center for the evaluation and investigation of corruption complaints, including guidelines on how to deal with complaints affecting other branches of government, as well as local government units,” he recounted.

“The task force secretariat also presented to the TFAC the more significant complaints so far received from various sources,” he added.

With the approval of the guidelines and paremeters, Guevarra said “the TFAC operations center is expected to process complaints and reports on corruption more efficiently.”

“The TFAC also noted that several agencies had created or strengthened their internal anti-corruption mechanisms,” Guevarra also noted.

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