President Duterte dug deep from the maritime sector to power his drives against corruption, picking the fire-brand crusader Dante LA. Jimenez as chair of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).
Jimenez is more known as founder and Chair of the iconic Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), a no-nonsense, non-government organization fighting for justice for almost two decades.
PACC was created October 4, 2017 by Executive Order 43. Duterte signed the appointment last January 12th, including those of the commissioners, Greco Belgica, Gregorio Luis Contacto III and Rickson Chiong.
The main mandate is to “directly assist the President in investigating and/or hearing administrative cases primarily involving graft and or corruption against all presidential appointees.”
PACC would have “power, on a complaint, or motu proprio, and concurrently with the Office of the Ombudsman to hear, investigate, receive, gather, and evaluate evidence, intelligence reports, and information in administrative cases against all presidential appointees.”
Jimenez resigned as Sec-Gen of the Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI), his last act attending the PAMI 43rd Annual Convention and General Assembly in Crystal e-College, Bohol, held February 9 to 10.
PAMI Pres. Felix Oca is elated they now have Jimenez as protector against mulcting like outright bribes and “consultancy fees” from regulators.
March 6th is the tentative schedule for the oath-taking at Malacanang with the VACC family.
According to Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) senior staff, April may be an alternative date with the MPCF graduation rites in Legazpi City, Albay.
Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro assumed as MPCF President in lieu of Dante.