The ombudsman completed the Trillanes vs Duterte plunder complaint investigation in November 2017 but informed the solicitor general about it only on February 12.
MANILA, Philippines — Government allies accused Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales of concealing the investigation she conducted in connection with the plunder complaint filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against President Rodrigo Duterte.
The ombudsman completed the said investigation in November of last year but informed the solicitor general about it only on February 12.
With this, the Office of the Solicitor General is studying the possible charges it could file against Morales.
The plunder complaint stemmed from the alleged hidden wealth of the president.
“This will be another case probably before the Supreme Court and I will be the one to argue it,” said Calida.
“Remember the president is the chief executive anyone who doesn’t agree with him should go to court and we will meet him there,” he added.
Calida claims that he would not have learned of the said decision had he not written a letter to the ombudsman last Friday to know the status of the complaint.
Based on the reply of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang on Monday, the complaint was already “case closed and terminated” on November 29 of last year.
According to Calida, the president has the right to know the status of the complaint.
“It should be noted that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales inhibited herself from this matter. It concerns the integrity of the president of the Philippines. She should explain first why she kept this from the public,” said the solicitor general.
With this development, Calida believes the Senate has no reason to investigate the allegations against the president.
In response, opposition members Senator Antonio Trillanes said, “Bakit sila nagpapanic? Bakit ayaw nilang mapahiya ako and most of all bakit ayaw pirmahan ni Duterte yung waiver, ayaw niyang tanggapin ang hamon ko. Pirmahan niya yung waiver, kapag mali ako, magreresign ako,” said Trillanes.
(Why are they panicking? Why don’t they want to embarrass me? And most of all why did President Duterte did not want to sign the waiver. He does not want to accept my challenge. He should sign my waiver. If I’m wrong, I will resign.)
While Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano said, “I am confident that the ombudsman would find out and prove that indeed the bank account and transaction records of Duterte are true and correct — it’s just a matter of time.”
Ombudsman Morales has yet to comment on the matter. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue