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Palace: Ombudsman to ‘act faster’ vs graft

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 17:34:00 03/25/2009

SAN JUAN, Batangas – (UPDATE) Malacañang is confident the Office of the Ombudsman would act “faster” on other graft cases after recommending the filing of charges against 17 incumbent and former public works officials allegedly involved in rigging bids for World Bank-funded infrastructure projects.

At the same time, Presidential Political Adviser Gabriel Claudio welcomed the Ombudsman’s resolution issued on Wednesday, two months after the allegedly rigging of the bidding for the projects was exposed and ordered investigated.

”It’s encouraging to note that the Ombudsman has been able to come up with its findings and conclusions and actions on the controversy on the case within a relatively short time,” Claudio told reporters here.

“I think there’s every reason for us to be confident that the Ombudsman would be moving faster on the other cases filed before them,” he said.

Claudio also refuted speculation the Ombudsman’s move was meant to stop further criticism of government over the alleged anomalous bidding, saying, “This is not for show.”

“I’m sure the dispatch by which the Ombudsman has acted on this particular case has nothing to do with wanting to stop further allegation or cases being filed,” he said.

TJ Burgonio, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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