SolGen Guevarra defends the abolition of the PACC

SolGen Guevarra defends the abolition of the PACC

Solicitor General Menardo I. Guevarra on Saturday July 9 justified President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s decision to abolish the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

“At our first cabinet meeting, the president gave us all carte blanche to reorganize our respective agencies and streamline our operations to promote more efficient allocation of scarce government resources,” Guevarra said.

“I think disabling the PACC was going in that direction, but it certainly wasn’t because the PACC was ineffective,” he pointed out.

Guevarra recounted that during his tenure as Justice Secretary, “I had significant collaboration with the PACC in the overall campaign against corruption in government.”

The PACC was created in 2017 by President Duterte to investigate allegedly corrupt presidential appointments.

On June 30, after his inauguration, President Marcos Jr. issued Executive Order No. 1 that abolished the PACC.

Regarding the abolition of the PACC, publicist Trixie Cruz-Angeles said, “Fundamentally, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission…is not in line with the rationalization. First of all, its nature is an investigation, which can also be carried out by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Cruz-Angeles said the PACC collects evidence on the president’s appointees and then files a case with the ombudsman. She said a complaint can be filed directly with the Ombudsman even without the PACC.

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