A PANEL of prosecutors will be created to handle the P551-million plunder complaint filed against former president and now Rep. Gloria Arroyo in connection with the alleged misuse of funds of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima also said yesterday that she is considering looking into other cases filed against Arroyo before the Ombudsman which shelved investigations because Arroyo then had immunity from suit
She said the Department of Justice, aside from the Ombudsman, is given the mandate by the Constitution to investigate criminal offenses committed by public officials.
“It’s a plunder case that involves a former president and it’s a big case so I need to create a panel for that…I have concurrent jurisdiction, concurrent with the Ombudsman. We need to accept that and take cognizance of that and it should go through the usual process,” she said.
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