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
New Ombudsman Samuel Martires sworn into office
Justice Samuel Martires (center) sworn in as the new Ombudsman
MANILA, Philippines – Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires has sworn into office as the new Ombudsman.
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio administered Martires’ oathtaking on Monday (August 6).
Martires, who was chosen by President Rodrigo Duterte, opted for an early retirement as SC Associate Justice to replace Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.
Morales ended her term on July 26. – UNTV News & Rescue
SC Justice Samuel Martires is new Ombudsman
(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires (RTVM)
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires as the new ombudsman.
His marching order to Martires is to do what is right.
Martires, who is a former Sandiganbayan associate justice, is the first Supreme Court appointee of Pres. Duterte.
Martires replaced retired Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. — UNTV New Media
Filipinos in Japan call for unity ahead of Duterte’s 3rd SONA
FILE PHOTOS: Filipino well-wishers gather outside the Palace Hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, as they wait for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte. Karl Norman Alonzo/PPD
The overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Japan eagerly await President Rodrigo Duterte’s report in his third State of the Nation Address.
Despite being busy in their respective jobs in Japan, they are still very much interested in what’s happening in their beloved country, the Philippines.
They also appealed to the government and fellow Filipinos to work together in unity. For this year’s SONA here are there expectations, admonitions and concerns:
Marjorie Casis said, “Bilang isang OFW, dapat sana lahat tayo bilang Pilipino, dapat sana magkaisa tayo hindi yung nagkakahiwa-hiwalay tayo, kasi bilang Pilipino, walang magmamalasakitan kundi tayo.”
(As an OFW, I hope that we as Filipinos can be united because who else will be there for you but your own countrymen.)
“Dapat pagtuunan din ng pansin yung mga manggagawa natin sa Pilipinas, dahil sa endo… tapos yung mga infrastructure natin tsaka lalo na yung sa mga magsasaka natin,” OFW Calvin Macutay added.
(The government must also focus on the welfare of workers in the Philippines against illegal contractualization. They should also work on building infrastructures and taking care of farmers.)
“Kailangan po na yung pagtitiwala sa gobyerno, mag-uumpisa po sa sarili natin. Kasi kung wala tayong pagtitiwala sa gobyerno, ang mangyayari nun, wala tayong pagbabago,” OFW Jaime Miedes said.
(Faith in government should start within ourselves. If we don’t trust our government, we will not achieve progress.) — Ryuji Sasaki / UNTV News & Rescue