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Ombudsman: Most cases in 2011 filed vs local govt execs


(Updated 11:54 p.m.) Most cases filed in the Office of the Ombudsman last year were against local government officials, a list released by the office revealed Monday.
 
The Office of the Ombudsman’s Finance and Management Information Office said a total of 3,852 cases were filed against officials of local government units in 2011.
 
Of these, 633 were filed in Luzon, 600 in the Visayas and 544 in Mindanao, according to the office.
 
The Philippine National Police (PNP), meanwhile, ranked second in terms of the number of cases filed before the Ombudsman in 2011. The office said 1,128 cases were filed against police officials last year.
 
According to the Ombudsman, the following agencies comprise the remaining offices with the most number of cases:
  • Department of Education (562 cases)
  • Philippine Information Agency (490 cases)
  • Bureau of Internal Revenue (416 cases)
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines (304 cases)
  • Bureau of Customs (177 cases)
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (155 cases)
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (148 cases)
  • Department of Justice (98 cases)
Interestingly, the list did not include any case filed against an official of the Supreme Court (SC). Under Republic Act 6770, the Office of the Ombudsman has the power to investigate and prosecute any public officer or employee, including employees of the high court.
 
Section 22 of the same law, however, states that the Ombudsman can only investigate impeachable officers, including the 15 SC justices, for the purpose of filing a verified impeachment complaint.
Interestingly, the list did not include any case filed against an official of the Supreme Court (SC). Under Republic Act 6770, the Office of the Ombudsman has the power to investigate and prosecute any public officer or employee, including employees of the high court.
 
Section 22 of the same law, however, states that the Ombudsman can only investigate impeachable officers, including the 15 SC justices, with a view to filing a verified impeachment complaint.
 
 
Last April, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales launched a probe on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s assets based on three complaints filed before her office two months ago. — Andreo Calonzo/RSJ/VS, GMA News
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