Jimenez eyes probe of Ombudsman's deputies

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2018 09:38 AM | Updated as of Jul 04 2019 06:38 PM

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MANILA - Dante Jimenez, who was recently tapped to head the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), said Tuesday that he is seeking confirmation on whether the agency can investigate deputies at the Office of the Ombudsman.

President Rodrigo Duterte in October 2017 formed the PACC to investigate administrative cases against all presidential appointees.

PACC's creation came after Duterte threatened to investigate the Ombudsman's office for alleged extortion activities to dismiss complaints filed against public officials.

The President himself is facing an Ombudsman investigation into his and his family's wealth.

"Iyung sa Ombudsman, mga deputy, ay hindi naman impeachable officers... Ang Deputy Ombudsman ay maaaring i-cover nitong PACC," Jimenez told DZMM.

"I have to clear this, everything sa coverage na ito, with the President," he added.

(The deputies at the Office of the Ombudsman are not impeachable officers. The Deputy Ombudsman may be covered by PACC's jurisdiction. I have to clear this, everything about the coverage, with the President.)

Jimenez is the founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), which was behind an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, that was not endorsed by any lawmaker.

VACC last year also asked the Office of the President to investigate and then remove Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang for saying that his probe into Duterte’s bank records so far reveal a cash flow of almost P1 billion.