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Prosecution and Deterence

Lifestyle Checks

Lifestyle check is an investigation strategy developed by anti-corruption agencies in the Philippines to determine the existence of ill-gotten and unexplained wealth of officials and employees of the government.


    • 2007 – the Ombudsman (OMB) through its fact-finding units, investigated officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Finance (DOF) and the Local Government Units (LGUs) for unexplained wealth.  Positions of respondents with the largest amount of unexplained wealth include:  Customs Operations Officers – P37,202,738; Provincial Treasurer – P20,627,079.91; City Treasurer – P18,407,311.61; Revenue Officer – P15,611,572.00; Project Director – P15,496,974.41; and Assistant Project Director – P14,235,514.10
Task Force on Asset Recovery

Task force to intensify asset forfeiture efforts by reviewing all cases recommending the forfeiture of ill-gotten or unlawfully acquired assets.

Task force on Asset Recovery.  The Office of the Ombudsman has constituted a task force to intensify asset forfeiture efforts by reviewing all cases recommending the forfeiture of ill-gotten or unlawfully acquired assets.  Among other things, the task force ensure that all forfeiture petitions include a prayer for the issuance of a writ of preliminary attachment on the assets of the respondent in order to preserve these assets and to forestall its dissipation during the trial of forfeiture case. The task force is currently studying five forfeiture cases for filing before the Sandiganbayan and regular courts.

Huli Ka Operation!

New anti-corruption strategy of OMB-Visayas

Huli Ka Operation!  A new anti-corruption strategy  launched by the Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas, in partnership with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on March 27, 2009 at the Cebu Grand Convention Center, Banilad, Cebu City.

The project focuses on aggressive entrapment which is believed to be one of the most effective corruption prevention strategies that can deter act of corruption in the bureaucracy, such as fixing, bribery and red tape.  This strategy hopes to lead to a more efficient and expeditious delivery of basic services to the people, as well as encourage public to report alleged irregularities in the government.

The Huli Ka Operation Task Force is composed of the investigators from the Office of the Ombudsman, the NBI, the PNP who will implement the project in the Visayas region.  To acquire a greater impact and for a massive information campaign, the project will tap the support of the civil society and link with the Ehem! Aha! Movement of the Society of Jesus.

To report complaints for entrapment,  contact the following persons in the Huli Ka! Coordination Board: Dr. Belle Quijano, OMB; Ernie Macabare, NBI; S/Supt. Marcelo Garbo, PNP , at these telephone numbers (OMB-032-416-6134/253-8609; NBI-032-256-3366/254-6444; PNP-032-253-2171/253-2172).  You may also report directly to the Chairman of the Project, Deputy Ombudsman Apostol or his partners, NBI Director De Lemos and PNP Director Terte.