Officers Authorized To Conduct Preliminary Investigation

Section 2.

1. Provincial or city prosecutor and their assistants
2. National and regional state prosecutors
3. Such other officers as may be authorized by law such as the COMELEC,
   Ombudsman and PCGG
4. Judges of RTCs

No longer authorized to conduct PI: By implication, MTC judges in Manila
and in chartered cities have not been granted the authority to conduct
PI, as the officers authorized to do so are the prosecutors.

1. a case cognizable by the RTC may be filed with the MTC for PI;
2. even if it is cognizable by the MTC because it is an offense where
   the penalty prescribed by law is at least 4 years 2 months and 1 day.

Regarding offenses falling within the original jurisdiction of the
Sandiganbayan: Prosecutors or municipal trial court judges conducting
PI of offenses falling within the original jurisdiction of the
Sandiganbayan shall, after their conclusion, transmit the records and
their resolutions to the Ombudsman or his deputy for appropriate action.

Moreover, the prosecutor or judge cannot dismiss the complaint without
the prior written authority of the Ombudsman or his deputy, nor can
the prosecutor file an information with the Sandiganbayan without
being deputized by, and without prior written authority of, the
Ombudsman or his deputy.

Uy v. Sandiganbayan, G.R. Nos. 105965-70(2001)
   - The Ombudsman is clothed with authority to conduct preliminary
     investigation and to prosecute all criminal cases involving public
     officers and employees, not only those within the jurisdiction of
     the Sandiganbayan, but those within the jurisdiction of the regular
     courts as well. § 15 of RA 6770 (Ombudsman Act of 1989) does not
     make any distinction. “Any illegal act or omission of any public
     official” is broad enough to embrace any crime committed by a
     public officer or employee. Such grant of primary jurisdiction
     over cases cognizable by the Sandiganbayan does not necessarily
     imply the exclusion from its jurisdiction of cases involving
     public officers and employees cognizable by the other courts.

Roxas v. Vasquez, G.R. No. 114944 (2001)
   - In criminal prosecutions, a reinvestigation, like an
     appeal, renders the entire case open for review, regardless of
     whether a motion for reconsideration or reinvestigation was sought.
     The Ombudsman should not be limited in its review. It is clear
     from R. A. 6770 that the Ombudsman may motu propio conduct a

   - The exclusive jurisdiction of the Comelec to investigate and
     prosecute election offenses inheres even if the offender is a
     private individual or public officer or employee, and in the
     latter instance, irrespective of whether the offense is committed
     in relation to his official duties or not. In other words, it is
     the nature of the offense, namely, an election offense as defined
     in the Omnibus Election Code and in other election laws, and not
     the personality of the offender that matters.

   - The power of the Ombudsman to make investigation extends to any
     illegal act or omission of any public official, whether or not
     the same is committed in relation to his office.

     Preliminary investigation by the Ombudsman is limited to cases
     cognizable by the Sandiganbayan and must be conducted pursuant
     to Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure of the Office of the Ombudsman.

     Section 4(d) of Administrative Order No. 07 disallows the filing
     of a motion to quash or dismiss a complaint filed with the
     Ombudsman, except on the ground of lack of jurisdiction.

     Which remedy may an aggrieved party avail of against resolutions
     of the Ombudsman in criminal or non-administrative cases?
        - The law is silent. Hence, appeal is not available as a remedy
          because the right to appeal is a statutory privilege and may
          be availed of only if there is a statute to that effect.
          However, an aggrieved party is not without remedy, as he can
          resort to the special civil action of certiorari under Rule 65.

1. to prosecute before the Sandiganbayan any impeachable officers with
   any offense which carries with it the penalty of removal from office,
   or any penalty service of which would amount to removal from office
   because by constitutional mandate, they can only be removed from
   office on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation
   of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other
   high crimes, or betrayal of public trust
2. to prosecute public officers or employees who have committed
   election offenses.
3. to file an information for an offense cognizable by the regular courts.

1. It does not warrant the quashal of the information
2. It does not affect the court’s jurisdiction or the validity of
   the information


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