MANILA — Department of Justice (DOJ) Sec. Menardo Guevarra said on February 16, the Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC) received more than 200 complaints “with a large number involving local government units (LGUs).” 

Guevarra said 148 of the total 208 complaints relate to actual corruption cases, with 69 already evaluated while 40 cases were referred to other member agencies of the task force for comment, further investigation, and one set to be filed with the Office of the Ombudsman.

“The complaints involve a wide range of national government agencies, several government-owned- or -controlled corporations, and a large number of LGUs,” Guevarra said, noting the complaints involve alleged violations of the anti-graft and procurement laws, Commission on Audit rules, and social amelioration programs.

In a report by the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Guevarra said there are also cases of overpricing, ghost and unfinished projects, kickbacks and commissions, bribery, extortion, smuggling, fake land titles, falsified free patents, “and other fraudulent, corrupt, or illegal acts committed by public officials and private persons alike.”

Earlier, the DOJ said they will prioritize reported irregularities, among other criteria, involving a minimum threshold of ₱1 billion in public funds.

The task force is also composed of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP), National Prosecution Service (NPS), and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

On its original list are allegations of irregularities in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Bureau of Customs (BOC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and the Land Registration Authority (LRA).

The BIR and LRA are agencies under the DOJ.