No let up in the fight against corruption - Ombudsman
By Rose Palacio
Davao City (26 August) -- There's no let up in the campaign to eradicate graft corruption in the government.
This holds true as the Office of the Ombudsman and the Civil Service Commission (CSC), two government agencies that have jurisdiction over government employees, have joined hands and strengthened a previous Memorandum of Agreement (signed in 2004) in battling corruption in line with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's commitment to continuously carry this effort to eradicate corruption in the government.
In strengthening the MOA, the Office of the Ombudsman has now the jurisdiction over complaints involving public officials and employees involved in bribery, fraud and illegal exaction, malversation or illegal use of public funds or property, conflict of interest and divestment, homicide and murder, corrupt practices, unexplained wealth, violation of procurement rules and regulations, violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Law, and violation of Republic Act 7080 or the law penalizing the crime of Plunder.
The CSC primarily handles administrative complaints involving government employees occupying sub-professional or non-technical positions.
The CSC also handles cases of officials who are non-presidential appointees for offenses other than those specified for the Ombudsman.
Some of these offenses include dishonesty, neglect of duty, misconduct, disgraceful and immoral conduct, inefficiency and incompetence in the performance of official duties, falsification of official document, habitual absences or tardiness, pursuit of private business, vocation or profession, insubordination, engaging in partisan political activities, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, nepotism, and sexual harassment.
The CSC, after finding guilt in administrative case it handles, may refer the same to the Ombudsman for the criminal aspect.
Moreover, the Ombudsman also takes charge of cases relating to refusal or non-implementation of CSC resolutions by Local Government Units.
Meanwhile, the Ombudsman and CSC shall act on administrative complaints filed against their own officials and employees, irrespective of the salary grade, in the exercise of their primary disciplinary authority. (PIA-RBPalacio) [top]