Local government officials and cops top list of PH public servants with most criminal and admin cases

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ©

THE Office of Ombudsman on Tuesday said the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police have consistently topped the list of government agencies with most number of cases filed with the Office of the Ombudsman. 

A report submitted by the Ombudsman’s Finance and Management Information Office showed that for the year 2016, a total of 2,799 cases were filed against local government officials broken down as follows: 1,700 cases filed against city/municipal officials; 892 cases versus barangay officials and 204 cases against provincial officials. The cases consist of administrative and criminal cases.

At the same time, it was reported that 1,022 criminal and administrative cases were filed against the officers and men of the PNP for the same fiscal year.

Political pundits said the Ombudsman report only confirms long held public perception that local government officials and policemen were most prone to commit criminal and administrative offenses.

Meanwhile, the top 10 of government agencies with most cases filed in 2016 are the following: 

1.      Local government units

2,799 cases

2.      PNP


3.      Department of Education


4.      Armed Forces of the Philippines


5.      Department of Environment and Natural Resources


6.      State universities and colleges


7.      Bureau of Customs


8.      Department of Justice


9.      Department of Agriculture


10.  House of Representatives



Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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