Enhancing Investigations and Prosecutions in the Philippines

Manila (Philippines), 29 June 2022 - The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) places great importance on strengthening the capacities of national anti-corruption agencies and law enforcement authorities to conduct financial investigations at the national and international levels. This need is becoming more pressing in light of the technological innovation, which allows fast and hardly traceable transfers of funds across the region and globally.

In response to a request from national counterparts, UNODC organized a Training Workshop for Investigating and Prosecuting Cases of Corruption from 27-29 June 2022. The event is the latest of a series of trainings by UNODC in the Philippines, aiming to build capacities around technical investigation and prosecution skills.

Mr. Jason Reichelt, UNODC Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, introduces investigation task
Mr. Jason Reichelt, UNODC Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, introduces investigation task

The workshop revolved around a simulated corruption scenario, requiring participants to review evidence, conduct preliminary analysis, and develop an investigation plan. From there, participants implemented their plans by charting the evidence, analyzing financial records, preparing relational diagrams, mapping financial flows, and questioning “witnesses” in role plays.

Presentation of investigation plan at workshop on the investigation and prosecution of corruption
Presentation of investigation plan at workshop on the investigation and prosecution of corruption

This training was part of activities funded by the Ministry of Justice of Government of the Republic of Korea. Footage (where available) and written summaries of UNODC events are publicly available via our website.

 

Other Useful Links:

  • A written summary and short video of a training on financial crime investigations in the Philippines is available here
  • UNODC’s work on open data standards in the Philippines is summarized here
  • Summaries of recent trainings on financial investigations in Viet Nam and the Lao PDR
  • The footage of UNODC Anti-Corruption Webinars in Southeast Asia, where available, can be viewed on our social media page here
  • A summary of activities by the UNODC Anti-Corruption Team in Southeast Asia is available on our website here