240 corruption complaints filed with DOJ-led task force

Published July 25, 2021, 2:24 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ)-led Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC) has received a total of 240 complaints as of last July 19.

DOJ Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar on Sunday, July 25, said that 20 complaints had been endorsed to the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB).

Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra, on the other hand, said that “the OMB has acted upon and is currently evaluating the numerous complaints endorsed/filed by the TFAC….”

Guevarra said that one of the complaints received by TFAC and endorsed to the OMB involved the Free Wi-Fi for All project of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

However, he did not give details on the complaint involving the Free Wi-Fi for All project.

Last May, the UNDP said that the Free Wi-Fi for All project “supports the Philippine Government’s DICT commitment to accelerate the roll-out of the Free Wi-Fi for All National Program, under Republic Act 10929 – An Act Establishing the Free Internet Access Program in Public Places in the Country and Appropriating Funds Therefor.”

“The DICT-UNDP project aims to connect 6,000 sites in remote, vulnerable, and off-grid communities in the country by December 2022,” the UNDP said.

“The project represents five percent of the DICT’s Free Wi-Fi for All National Program total target of 120,000 sites,” it added.

Also, the UNDP said the project “provides a feedback loop, an opportunity for users of the Wi-Fi service provided by the project to monitor and report on the quality and responsible use of internet service.”

Guevarra said that most of the complaints received by TFAC against government officials “had something to do with their intervention in public works projects in their respective jurisdiction.”

Among these complaints were those filed against a town mayor in Lanao del Norte, certain officials in Isabela, some town officials in Zamboanga del Norte, a municipal mayor in Batangas, and registers of deeds in Leyte and Tarlac.