PACC sues three govt. officials allegedly involved in corruption

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 6) — The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission has filed with the Office of the Ombudsman criminal complaints against three government officials allegedly involved in corrupt activities, its chairperson Greco Belgica announced on Thursday.

Belgica said the respondents were Engr. Antonio V. Molano, Jr., assistant secretary of Regional Operations of Visayas, NCR, and Region IV-B of the Department of Public Works and Highways; Engr. Metodio Turbella, director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau or DENR-EMB; and Lormelyn Claudio, regional director of DENR-EMB in Central Visayas.

The criminal cases were filed online, the commissioner said, but supporting documents such as evidence will be submitted to the Ombudsman once it physically opens. The Ombudsman offices in Quezon City are closed due to the extended modified enhanced community quarantine imposed in Metro Manila.

The PACC conducted a probe on alleged anomalies and corruption at the DPWH and the DENR. Findings showed the aforementioned officials violated the anti-graft law, Belgica said. "Corruption" and illegally issued permits resulted in environmental problems, Belgica added.

"Dahil sa korapsyon at pagbibigay ng permit at certificate na labag sa proseso at umiiral na batas ay nagdulot ng masamang epekto sa kalikasan katulad ng pagbabaha at patuloy na pagbabaha," he said in a briefing.

[Translation: Corruption and the issuance of permits that violated processes and existing laws resulted in negative environmental impacts such as flooding.]