President Rodrigo Duterte has granted the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission additional powers to expand its jurisdiction amid the agency’s probe on three Cabinet officials.
Through Executive Order No. 73, Duterte cited his earlier EO creating the PACC to amend the agency’s jurisdiction, powers, and functions.
“The Commission shall have the power, on complaint or motu proprio, and concurrently with the Office of the Ombudsman, to hear, investigate, receive, gather, and evaluate evidence, intelligence reports, and information on administrative cases against all presidential appointees in the Executive Branch of the government, any of its agencies... or who otherwise represent the interests of the government for acts or omissions constituting violations,” the law read.
According to the EO, the PACC could execute its additional duties if a person or entity representing the government committed acts of graft and corruption, declaration of forfeiture, code of conduct, some provisions under the book two of the revised penal code, and the administrative code.