DOJ eyes special team to probe AFP corruption


Posted at Feb 15 2011 06:14 PM | Updated as of Feb 16 2011 02:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice is set to form a special team composed of state prosecutors, government lawyers and consultants such as retired prosecutors that would dig  deeper into allegations of graft and corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

In an interview, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the team will gather more evidence on the revelations presented by retired military budget officer George Rabusa, former government auditor Heidi Mendoza and Lt. Col. Sonny Lim in congressional inquiries.

"We are prepared to take on the job. We will be the one to do the gathering and consolidation of evidence from other bodies and institution like Congress and the DND (Department of National Defense)," she said.

De Lima said the DOJ will seek the assistance of legal luminaries like University of the Philippines law professor Theodore Te in coming up with prosecutorial strategies.

She said the evidence gathered by the team would be reviewed for possible preliminary investigation that is on top of the complaint that is expected to be filed by Rabusa within the week.