The Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC) foresees a deluge of corruption complaints once the 2022 national elections nears, said Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Saturday, Nov. 14.

“The Task Force Against Corruption anticipates that it will receive a lot of complaints or reports alleging corruption as the country draws near to the next major elections,” the secretary told reporters.

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO /MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“That is why the TF operations center will work hard to filter and screen these complaints and determine which ones deserve to be thoroughly investigated,” he assured.

With this, Guevarra warned the public that “false and malicious accusations may give rise to civil and criminal liability unless they fall under the category of privileged communications.”

The TFAC was formed after President Duterte issued a memorandum dated Oct. 27 which ordered Guevarra to have the Department of Justice (DOJ) lead a task force to investigate corruption in government until his term expires in June 2022.

Aside from the DOJ, the task force consists of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP), the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), the National Prosecution Service (NPS), the DOJ’s Office of Cybercrime (OOC), and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

The TFAC has already started receiving complaints and reports of corrupt activities through the DOJ Action Center (DOJAC).

Guevarra earlier said that the TFAC will initially investigate five government agencies, namely, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the Bureau of Customs (BoC), the Land Registration Authority (LRA), and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHeath).

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