MANILA - The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) should defer its investigation on Bureau of Corrections officials to the Office of the Ombudsman, Malacañang said Wednesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the remark after the PACC said it would pursue its own investigation even after the anti-graft body said no other agency may conduct a parallel probe.
"I think the President need not order PACC. It should desist form pursuing the investigation because the Ombudsman has taken over it," Panelo told CNN Philippines' "The Source."
"I think PACC knows it. When the Ombudsman takes over, all agencies will have to defer to the Ombudsman because that is the constitutional body precisely tasked to investigate."
The anti-graft body earlier cited the Ombudsman Act, which states the office has primary jurisdiction over cases recognizable by the Sandiganbayan and may take over the investigation of such cases.
The Ombudsman has so far suspended 27 BuCor personnel for gross misconduct and gross neglect of duty over the release of heinous crime convicts under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.