The Department of Justice (DOJ)-led anticorruption task force has received complaints about alleged involvement of some lawmakers in irregular government transactions, DOJ Menardo Guevarra said on Saturday.
Guevarra, tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to head the DOJ-led Task Force Against Corruption, added that almost all of the irregular government transactions involved infrastructure projects.
He, however, did not name names.
“We can’t mention their names until we have validated that the allegedly [irregular] transactions in which they are said to have participated are backed by substantial and credible evidence,” Guevarra told a national daily.
On November 26, Guevarra said the Task Force Against Corruption can also initiate cases against lawmakers, clarifying that President Rodrigo Duterte’s refusal to investigate legislators does not clip the power of the task force to do such.
“The President stated that if the involvement of a member of Congress, for instance, is germane to the anomalous transaction, then the latter’s inclusion in criminal charges will have to be endorsed to the Ombudsman through (my office),” Guevarra said. SOVEREIGNPH