The known rule is that the Civil Service Commission (CSC) have exclusive jurisdiction to investigate erring government employees; it has no jurisdiction over private individuals.

However, when the bill sponsored by Senator “Ping” Lacson was signed into law, now known as the “Anti-Cheating Law” the Civil Service Commission (CSC) will also have exclusive jurisdiction to investigate government employees and private individuals and decide over cheating cases, and offer immunity from prosecution to witnesses. and decide over cheating cases, and offer immunity from prosecution to witnesses.

Some of the prohibited acts penalized by the law include impersonation, use of kodigo or cheat sheets, employing insiders in the examination room to provide examinees with answers, tampering with exam records, switching examinee numbers, and possession or use of fake certificates of eligibility.

Government workers convicted for violating the law will be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service and forfeiture of their benefits and eligibility, and are perpetually barred from re-entering government service.

Private individuals convicted for violating the law face up to 12 years imprisonment and a fine of P50,000 maximum, and will be disqualified from taking any government examination or entering government service.

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