Miriam seeks probe of DOJ corruption


Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has urged the Senate to look into reports of corruption at the prosecution service as she expressed serious concerns over what she said was the ingrained practice of corruption among state prosecutors.

Santiago, in a resolution that she filed recently, cited the admission of Prosecutor General Claro Arellano that corruption does exist among the ranks of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“Arellano’s admission shows that corruption is rampant in all levels of the government, especially among high-level civil servants,” she said in her resolution.

Arellano made the statement in connection with the arrest of Quezon City Assistant Prosecutor Raul Desembrana, who was caught accepting a bribe in an entrapment at Quezon Memorial Circle on November 15, 2014.

Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) caught Desembra in the act of accepting P80,000 from Alex Montes, a doctor and who was among the so-called Morong 43, a group of health workers who were detained by the military in 2010 for alleged links with the communist New People’s Army (NPA)

Santiago noted that it is imperative for Congress to ensure strong adherence to existing legislation against graft and corruption, regardless of the position of those who are involved.

She said government employees who engage in graft and corruption should be punished accordingly.

According to the senator, a Senate probe of the alleged corruption in the DOJ would determine the seriousness of the problem so that Congress can come up with a measure to curb the practice.

In August, Undersecretary Francisco Baraan 3rd was accused by Lakmodin Saliao of receiving huge bribes in connection with the Maguindanao massacre case.

Saliao claimed that government prosecutors handling the case got P50 million to compromise the trial. Baraan allegedly received P20 million.

Baraan and other members of the prosecution panel denied the allegation, saying Saliao’s statement was a complete fabrication and full of “holes.”


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  1. Miriam, Go for it. The DOJ and the PNP are not capable of disciplining themselves. Both require outside intervention to address corruption in the ranks. The corruption is at all levels of these organizations. We need these clean of corruption.

  2. Mam Mirian, that a good work but people just hope na marealize. Investigate from top to bottom Mam (from Sec down, no exception).

  3. hoping that Sen Santiago (the only real Senator by R. Tiglao in the 16th Congress) can open the Pandora box in DOJ.

  4. Isama mo na Sen. Mirriam ang investigation sa DWSD na pinamimigay ang Billion Piso na galling sa bulsa ng taxpayers na walang records at naniniwala ako at ng marami na talagang CORRUPT at TRAIDOR yan payasong si Dinky. At least, yuon sa mga NBP at DOJ ay galling sa pinaduguan ng mga Drug and Kidnap Lords gaya ng sinabi ni Colangco ” Wala naman nawawala sa Banko kapag ninakawan nila at insured ang pera “. Pero Colangco hindi ang Seky na agad nyong pinapaputujan at pinapatay, Di ba Herbert ? Mirriam paki sali sa investigation mo ang DSWD, PLEASE PWEDE BA?

  5. There is a truism which must be born in mind and that is: ” she who tries to find a faultless friend finds none.” With this in mind investigations should only be done on a case-to-case basis, otherwise our weapon of investigative means run out of control.

  6. Jaime Dela Cruz on

    I am not sure what Miriam was thinking when she submitted her resolution to congress. That’s like calling all the wolves and telling them to ascertain the safety of the sheepskin. I think her best move is to get a senate hearing on the matter.