Ombudsman v Madriaga; GR No. 164316; 27 Sep 2006

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The San Juan School Club filed a letter-complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman charging respondent with violation of Section 1 of Rule IV and Section 1 of Rule VI of the rules implementing R.A. 6713.

Whether or not the Office of the Ombudsman has the authority to impose administrative sanctions over public officials.

YES. Article XI, Section 13 of the Constitution grants petitioner administrative disciplinary powers to investigate on its own, or on complaint by any person, any act or omission of any public official, employee, office or agent, when such act or omission appears to be illegal, unjust, improper, or inefficient, and direct the officer concerned to take appropriate actions against a public official or employee at fault and recommend his removal, suspension, demotion, fine, censure or prosecution and ensure compliance therewith.

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