THE Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is in the final stage of its investigation into allegations of corruption against the two members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet, its spokesman said on Friday.
In a radio interview, PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica said the investigators were now just finalizing the “penalties” that may be slapped on the two Cabinet members.
“Actually, patapos na iyan (It’s almost finished). I checked the other day, penalties na lang ang pinag-iisipan and then ipapasa na sa (they’re just discussing the penalties and then they will submit it to the) commission for our disposition,” Belgica said during an interview on dzBB radio.
The PACC official said that the commission still has to study the findings before they would submit a report to the President.
“Ibig sabihin ipo-forward sa amin ng investigating team. Yun ang kanilang appreciation (It means that the investigating team will forward the findings to us. That’s the investigators’ appreciation). It doesn’t mean na ike-carry namin ‘yun (that we will carry it) en toto (as a whole),” he said, when asked if there was evidence against the two Cabinet officials.
Belgica on Wednesday announced the two Cabinet officials were under investigation over corruption complaints filed early this year.
He, however, on Friday again refused to name the concerned officials amid a pending investigation.
“Malalaman din ng taumbayan ‘yan basta bigyan natin ‘yung tao na sumagot (The public will know about it so let’s them give time to answer the allegations against them),” Belgica said.
“Sagot sila, then padala sila ng ebidensiya (They should answer, then send evidence to prove their innocence), then we will appreciate the evidence that they sent and look at the evidence against them and then we will draw our own conclusions,” he added.
Meanwhile, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte would wait for the result of the investigation initiated by the PACC.
“That’s the job of the PACC. We will await its final report and recommendation on the matter,” Panelo said.
“When the investigation is done that’s the time he will decide on its recommendation. He doesn’t interfere with the work of the PACC,” he added.