Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica identified congressional districts with allegedly anomalous infrastructure projects, citing the lawmakers’ influence in the selection of engineers and contractors.
“Yung kapangyarihan nila (congressmen) to influence the choice of district engineers and contractors compromises the whole system to corruption. Nagiging beholden po sa kanila ang mga taong ito and that exposes the system to corruption,” said Belgica.
The PACC added that it is now working with the concerned government agencies to conduct further investigation on specific districts but declined to disclose details.
When asked by House public accounts committee chairman Mike Defensor to name the lawmakers involved, Belgica refused, saying that doing so would compromise the ongoing probe.
The PACC official earlier said that engineers, who are mere employees, “are bullied by congressmen” who want to benefit from the construction projects.
Belgica added that DPWH Secretary Mark Villar should be the sole authority in selecting engineers and contractors for government projects.
President Rodrigo Duterte maintained that the problem in DPWH is in the lower ranks, saying Villar is “too rich” to commit corruption.