Mandate and Powers

RIPS is given the power to gather evidence and file the appropriate criminal, civil or administrative complaints against government officials and employees within its jurisdiction before the appropriate court of law, administrative body, or agency of competent jurisdiction, and to assist the prosecuting agency or officer towards the successful prosecution of such cases for recovery or forfeiture of ill-gotten wealth.

It is also tasked to review current anti-corruption system, processes and procedures on the DOF, the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs and other attached agencies, and to recommend reform measures to enhance integrity, reduce opportunities for corruption and ensure efficient and transparent delivery of public services.

The Secretary of Finance is empowered to require the attendance of witnesses or the production of books, papers, documents and other pertinent data, including income tax returns, in accordance with the provisions of Section 71 of the National Internal Revenue Code.