My Google Page Rank

COA, OMB join forces in fight vs. graft and corruption

PDFPrintE-mail

The Commission on Audit and the Office of the Ombudsman have formed a strategic partnership in the fight against graft and corruption through the launching of the COA-OMB Joint Investigation Team.

COA Chairperson Ma. Gracia Pulido Tan and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) as they formalized on Wednesday the creation of the joint team tasked to fast-track the investigation and prosecution of cases of corruption in public offices arising from COA fraud audit reports.

Collaborating their anti-corruption initiatives as members of the Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC), COA and OMB, through the joint investigation team, aim to ensure the efficient and successful filing, investigation and prosecution of cases involving graft, corruption and violations of the Ethical Code of Conduct for Public Officials and Government Employees.

”With the Office of the Ombudsman and the COA working together, we are confident that these cases will finally be resolved, the names of innocent individuals cleared, and the accountable officials meted the appropriate penalties,” Ombudsman Morales said.

”We are constitutionally mandated in our respective capacities to ensure accountability and integrity in public office,” COA Chairperson Pulido Tan added. “We will thus attend to these cases with the highest degree also of accountability and integrity.”

This institutional partnership is part of an ongoing effort to enhance and expand mutual assistance between COA and the OMB under the leaderships of Morales and Pulido-Tan.

Under the terms of the MOA, which will run for three years, the two offices will share resources and expertise in the successful processing of cases under joint investigation.

”We in the COA will do the gathering of facts reported to our office, assess and rectify them, then we pass these to the OMB for the prosecution and filing of cases against the erring public officials,” explained Pulido-Tan.

”We are deeply mindful of the 'culture of impunity' which is one of the most impelling factors in the incidence of graft and corruption in the country where it is often bewailed that only 'small fish' get punished and the 'big fish' get away to yet another adventure, emboldening the next-in-ranks to help themselves in adventures of their own until they, too, become big fish, and the cycle goes on. This culture of impunity must go, if we are to restore public office as truly a public trust,” Morales and Pulido-Tan said in a joint statement.

”Complaints involving high officials of the land, plunderous misuse of public lands, and other cases highly impacting the drive against graft and corruption, must be attended to with dispatch and investigated with the highest degree of integrity, independence and competence,” the two officials added.

”If COA and the Office of the Ombudsman, the two most important agencies, join together, it would bring us to the 'daang matuwid' (straight path),” said Fr. Gerry Orbos in his homily during the Holy Mass that preceded the event.

Fr. Orbos also blessed the new office of the investigation team located within the COA premises after the ceremonial ribbon-cutting led by Morales and Pulido-Tan.

The designated focal persons for the COA-OMB Joint Investigation Team are COA Chief Executive Staff Attorney Gilbert G. Kintanar and OMB Deputy Special Prosecutor John I.C. Turalba.

by: PNA




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

THE SPIDER MOVES OF JOWIE

25 Sep 2017 Hits:81 Be the first to comment!

Este si Jowie J. Natak , 44 años de edad , 5’ 9 el altor , anak di Nasal Natak y Remedios Jamie Natak que ta esta na Malayal Sibuco , Zamboanga Del Norte  . Su hermano y Hermana si Rosie, Jayson, su mujer si Lady Divina Buenagracia Natak y tiene sila 2 anak si Princess y Prince Natak . Este el su istoria … Ya principia yo juga basketball na edad 14 años na mio provincial na Malayal Sibuco, Zamboanga Del Norte . Na dimiyo 3rd year na high school ya queda iyo player de SCC , Zamboanga City del 1989-1990 . El Southern City Colleges el Interschool Champion poreso yan represent kame el Ciudad de Zamboanga na Regional Meet na [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

BAP REGIONAL DIRECTOR R-9... REV. FR. JONATHAN DUCA

24 Sep 2017 Hits:73 Be the first to comment!

Este el istoria porcaosa del nuevo posicion que ya dale con Rev. Fr. Jonathan Duka y Omar Bowon, el dos cabesa pensante, que ya delega canila cuando ya atende sila [...] Read more


FAST & THE FURIOUS… STREETTUNERS AUTOCROSS TEAM ZAMBOANGA

22 Sep 2017 Hits:73 Be the first to comment!

Este clase de desportes el Motor Sports – Autocross /Drifting                               El presidente del organizacion si [...] Read more


Mini-grocery loses P.5M to robbers

20 Sep 2017 Hits:111 Be the first to comment!

The Sta. Maria Police (Police Station 7) is now conducting a deeper probe on the robbery of a mini-grocery in Barangay Tumaga, this city, where the sum of P500,000 was [...] Read more


Three hurt including a minor in vehicular incident

20 Sep 2017 Hits:106 Be the first to comment!

Three persons including a minor were injured after they were hit by a motorcycle along MCLL Highway, Barangay Quiniput, this city, last Saturday. Police identified the injured victims as Floribel Perez [...] Read more


SLIPPERY MOVES OF… FLORA

20 Sep 2017 Hits:86 Be the first to comment!

Este si Flora May S. Ceno, ta llama conele Flora , 20 años de edad, residente de Poblacion, Lakewood Zamboanga Del Sur . Su mayores si Rolando M. Ceno y [...] Read more


FIGHTER’S VISION... GHEN YAN

17 Sep 2017 Hits:100 Be the first to comment!

Este si Ghen Yhan Cabayaruz Berdon , su palayao “yan Yan”, 15 años de edad 5’4” el altor, anak di Agbayani D. Berdon y Genalyn Cabayacruz Berdon , hermano  si [...] Read more


ENDURANCE DASHER … JEK

15 Sep 2017 Hits:119 Be the first to comment!

Este si Jeric Sabungan Gaceta , su palayao “Jek”, 19 años de edad, 5’6” el altor , residente de Barangay Camino Nuevo , Ciudad de Zamboanga . Su mayores si [...] Read more


ROOKIE VISION… PETER

13 Sep 2017 Hits:121 Be the first to comment!

Este si Peter Edward Patual Ignacio , ta llama conele “Peter”, 18 años de edad, 6’3” el altor, residente de Navarro Court Ext, Sta Maria, Ciudad de Zamboanga . Su [...] Read more


BEST OF THE BEST - SILVER…..JELSEA

12 Sep 2017 Hits:116 Be the first to comment!

Este si Jelsea Nicole Batayen Arboiz , ta llama conele “Jelsea“, 13 años de edad , anak di Roger P. Arboiz y Marites A. Batayen , su hermana si Julie [...] Read more


UPRISING GOLDEN ACHIEVER… NICA

10 Sep 2017 Hits:138 Be the first to comment!

Este si Veronica Padillo Sagrado , ta llama conele na palayao “Nica” , 13 años de edad , anak di Ferdinand Elloreg Sagrado  y Marilyn Padillo Sagrado , su hermana [...] Read more


Factory worker nabbed for illegal drugs

07 Sep 2017 Hits:166 Be the first to comment!

A worker at a canning factory was conducted to Police Station 9 after he was caught in possession of a sachet of alleged shabu while entering the premises of Universal [...] Read more


Student stabbed in street brawl

07 Sep 2017 Hits:153 Be the first to comment!

A grade 9 student was rushed to the hospital after he was stabbed during a brawl in Sitio Pasay, Barangay San Roque, this city, Tuesday. Police Station 7, investigator-on-case from the [...] Read more


PANTHER MOVES… VEN VEN

07 Sep 2017 Hits:123 Be the first to comment!

Este si Kaven Repollo Carandang , su palayao “ven ven “, 14 años de edad ,residente de MalasigaTalungan , Barangay San Roque , Ciudad de Zamboanga . Su mayores si [...] Read more


MUAY THAI BRAWLER…. IAN

06 Sep 2017 Hits:131 Be the first to comment!

Este si Prince Ian Cabayacruz Berdon , ta llama conele “Ian”, 14 años de edad, anak di Agbayani D. Berdon y Genalyn Cabayacruz Berdon . Su hermano si Ghen Yhan [...] Read more


It’s “Business as usual” in ZamPen

06 Sep 2017 Hits:175 Be the first to comment!

Despite the extension of military rule in Mindanao, business remains vibrant in Zamboanga Peninsula. Department of Trade and Industry-9 Regional Director Sitti Amina M. Jain said peace and order remains stable [...] Read more


Swedish national held for questioning

06 Sep 2017 Hits:186 Be the first to comment!

A Swedish National allegedly heading to Basilan Province was prevented from leaving Zamboanga City by personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard Zamboanga Station (PCGZS) on Sunday. A report coming from the [...] Read more


SEA GAMES MUAY THAI BRONZE… RYAN

03 Sep 2017 Hits:149 Be the first to comment!

El diaton Muay Thai Bronze medalist  si Ryan Tarang Jakiri , ta llama conele el “Pilipino assassin” , 25 años de edad, 5’8” el altor , casao cun May Libao [...] Read more


SEA GAMES PENCAK SILAT BRONZE ….JEFF

02 Sep 2017 Hits:146 Be the first to comment!

El diaton Pencak Silat Bronze medalist si Jefferson Rhey Abilay Loon , su palayao “Jeff”, 24 años de edad ,5’7” el altor , residente de Barangay San Roque , anak [...] Read more