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PACC clears Piñol from corruption allegations

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Emmanuel F. Piñol
PHILSTAR/JOVEN CAGANDE

THE PRESIDENTIAL Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) announced on Wednesday that it has cleared Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol from allegations of corruption. In a statement, the PACC said that through its Resolution No. 14, series of 2019 dated June 10, it has “cleared” the Agriculture chief and “found no evidence pointing to unexplained wealth.” The resolution was approved by the Commission en banc after a “seven-month full lifestyle check” on the official. The PACC said the investigation was conducted with the aid of its partner agencies, including the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Registration Authority (LRA), and the Philippine National Police, Civil Security Group, Fire Arms and Explosives Office (PNP-CSG-FEO), among others. “It should be made public that after Secretary Piñol volunteered to undergo a full lifestyle check, other officials of the Duterte administration have followed suit and are now undergoing probe by the PACC,” it added. — Arjay L. Balinbin

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