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PACC says 12 solons linked to DPWH corruption

At least 12 incumbent congressmen were part of the list of officials who allegedly received kickbacks from the government’s infrastructure projects, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said Wednesday.

In separate interviews, PACC commissioner Greco Belgica refused to name the 12 lawmakers, but he said one congressman allegedly received P10 million from a project contractor.

Belgica also alleged some congressmen pocketed up to five to 15 percent of the budget of government infrastructure projects.

“One witness said there was a bridge being continuously funded. One claimed there’s a ghost project. Another claimed being asked for kickbacks,” he said in a mix of English and vernacular.

Belgica noted that the list also included officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), as well as project contractors.

“In the course of our investigation, one witness said there was connivance, percentage, which involves, of course, DPWH officials and contractors,” he said.

“Others are saying some legislators took part for specific projects,” Belgica added.

He said the list was submitted weeks ago to President Rodrigo Duterte and the supporting documents will be handed to the Office of the Ombudsman since the PACC cannot probe elected officials.

Belgica noted the commission is only tasked to investigate anomalies and graft cases among presidential appointees.

Asked if there were allies of the President in the list, Belgica said political affiliations will not affect their investigation.

In a televised speech Monday, Duterte said he had received a list of names allegedly involved in anomalous transactions in the DPWH.

He has directed PACC to submit the list to the Ombudsman, adding that he cannot name those lawmakers and he has no authority to investigate lawmakers accused of corruption because they belonged to the legislative branch.
Last month, the President issued a memorandum directing the Department of Justice to lead a multi-agency task force that will look into irregularities in state agencies until the end of his term in 2022.

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