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De Lima downplays clipping of powers By Benjamin B. Pulta 04/24/2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

De Lima downplays clipping of powers

By Benjamin B. Pulta 04/24/2012

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is downplaying the effect of a recent agreement clipping her agency’s authority to investigate plunder and graft charges against government officials.

De Lima clarified that there was no clipping of power of the Department of Justice (DoJ) in the recent memorandum of agreement (MoA) she signed with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio — Morales.

“The DoJ simply confirmed and upheld, in a duly executed MoA with the Ombudman, the latter’s primary jurisdiction over plunder and graft cases involving high-ranking government officials. Indeed, the PI and prosecution of graft cases falling under the original and exclusive jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan properly belongs to the Ombudsman,” she said..... MORE

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