Tuesday, February 12, 2008

DOJ Forms Investigating Panel To Look Into ZTE Deal

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez today designated a fact-finding team that will look into the controversial ZTE deal and find out if there had been violations of the Anti-graft laws and the Government Procurement Reform Act.

Named chairman of the panel is Undersecretary Ernesto Pineda. He will be joined by Asst. Chief State Prosecutors Severino Gana, Migeul Gudio, City Prosecutor Emilie Fe Delos Santos and Senior State Prosecutor Aileen Marie Gonzalez as members.

The panel is tasked to submit its recommendations to the secretary within 30 days. If evidence warrants the DOJ will proceed to conduct preliminary investigation.

Gonzalez said last week that the panel would invite former Philforest Mining Corp. President Rodolfo Lozada, former NEDA Chairman and now CHED Chairman Romulo Neri, former COMELEC Chief Benjamin Abalos among others.

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