The Department of Justice’s Task Force Against Corruption has received more than 60 complaints, most of them involving alleged irregularities in the implementation of public works projects outside Metro Manila.
Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said there was “sudden surge” in the numbers of complaints received this week by the DOJ Action, a lot of them involved alleged anomalies in the construction projects of the Department of Public Works and Highway in the provinces.
Villar said the task force’s Operations Center Secretariat was consolidating the complaints.
“The Operations Center Secretariat is still consolidating the complaints they received and those received by DOJAC as there has been a sudden surge in complaints this week,” she stressed.
Last Monday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra admitted that 20 complaints were filed with the task force, many of them involving the DPWH.
Meanwhile, Guevarra said Malacañang had no order to investigate the Office of the Vice President in particular.
However, Guevarra said the task force would look into the OVP if a complaint accusing it of corruption would be filed.
President Rodrigo Duterte called Vice President Leni Robredo “a dishonest person” last Tuesday, accusing her of starting the hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo, which trended when netizens demanded answers as to where to the President was when a series of typhoons battered Luzon.
Robredo had coordinated with the Armed Forces of the Philippines the OVP’s rescue efforts in Cagayan province, which was hit by widespread flooding.
“It was completely out of order that she misinformed the people, the nation, as if she was the one in charge of relief efforts. She was not,” Palace spokesperson Harry Roque said of Robredo’s action.