There has been a decline in the number of criminal and administrative cases filed against officials of local government units (LGUs) and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the Office of the Ombudsman.
A statement that cited figures from the Ombudsman’s Finance and Management Information Office said LGUs and the PNP topped the list of government agencies with the most number of cases filed in 2014.
“A downward trend, however, was observed in terms of the number of cases filed against LGU officials. From a high of 3,854 cases in 2011, only 2,053 cases were recorded in 2014. Similarly, a steady decline was also noted in terms of the number of cases filed against the police from a high of 1,709 cases in 2011 to only 1,258 cases in 2014,” it said.
The LGU category topped the list in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, while the PNP category held the second spot in the same period.
“Appearing for the first time in the top 10 list are the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) ranking 3rd with 484 cases, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) at 5th with 103 cases and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) at 9th with 63 cases,” the Ombudsman said.
The other agencies on the list for 2014 are the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ranking 4th, Department of Education (DepEd), 6th, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 7th, Bureau of Customs, 8th, and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), 10th.
For the AFP, cases filed before the Ombudsman declined from 304 in 2011 to 332 in 2012, 246 in 2013 and 199 in 2014.
Complaints filed against officials and personnel of DepEd also went down from 562 in 2011 to 276 in 2012, 117 in 2013 and 100 in 2014. For the DENR, 155 cases were recorded in 2011 which declined to 139 in 2012. The figure increased to 156 in 2013 and declined to 89 in 2014.
Meanwhile for the BoC, 177 cases were recorded in 2011 which declined to 81 in 2012 and 76 in 2013. It increased to 84 in 2014.
DAR’s figures also declined from 121 in 2012 to 108 in 2013 and 61 in 2014.