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NBI, bukas sa joint probe sa Ombudsman at CoA

By  Posted in Top Stories Monday, 19 August 2013 00:16

Tiniyak ng Department of Justice (DoJ) na bukas ang National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) para sa joint investigation sa pork barrel scam kasama ang Office of the Ombudsman at ng Commission on Audit (CoA).

 

Ito ang binigyan diin ni Justice Secretary Leila de Lima matapos na inilabas ng CoA ang Special Audit Report noong nakaraang linggo.

 

Sa ipinarating na mensahe ni De Lima, kung hindi joint investigation ang mangyari nakahanda naman umano ang NBI para sa parallel investigation katuwang ang mga nabanggit na ahensya.

 

Nabatid na una na ring nakipag-ugnayan ang NBI sa CoA hinggil sa pork barrel scam noong nakalipas na linggo.

 

Kaugnay nito, palalawakin na rin ng NBI ang kanilang imbestigasyon lalo na't napakalawak din umano ang mga anomalya na saklaw sa report ng CoA.

 

Nilinaw ng kalihim na ang CoA report ng ahensya ay gagamitin din bilang dagdag na ebidensya ng NBI upang makatulong sa mga salaysay ng mga whistleblower at documentary evidence na hawak ng mga imbestigador.

 

"Certainly, the COA Report will be utilized as a major reference for the needed evidentiary support to buttress and complete NBI's ongoing probe. Documents in COA's possession (e.g., lawmakers' letters designating implementing agencies and NGOs, requests for release of funds, SAROs, NCAs, MOAs, etc.) will corroborate and strengthen the whistleblowers' statements and own documentary evidence. For the past weeks, NBI has been coordinating with COA and was just waiting for the release of COA Special Report No. 2012-03 to support and enhance NBI's findings thus far. With the release of such COA Report, NBI's probe will now be full blown. Having said that, NBI remains open to a joint probe with both Ombudsman and COA, or at least a parallel, coordinated probe with both offices, which anyway is being undertaken now de facto. Given the fact that the COA Report covers a much wider web of anomalies surrounding the PDAF releases, NBI can always and will in fact expand its probe. But for now, the focus is on JLN and JLN-related transactions and NGOs, as well as the lawmakers, executive officials/personnel and other individuals implicated by the whistleblowers" ani De Lima.

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