MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman is a constitutional body with vast powers not given to the Secretary of Justice and the ordinary courts. It can investigate on its own, or on complaint by any person, any act or omission of any public official, employee, office, or agency.
More powers given by Congress
And under RA 6770 (effective on November 17, 1989), in the exercise of its primary jurisdiction, it may take over, at any stage, from any investigatory agency of the government the investigation of cases referring to corruption.
It can also direct any public official or employee or any agency to perform any act or duty required by law or to …
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Publication information: Article title: Vast Powers. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: February 21, 2011. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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