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SolGen: Ombudsman Morales concealed the result of Trillanes’ plunder complaint against Pres. Duterte

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

 

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

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PNP recalls Trillanes’ security escorts

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Antonio arrives in a press conference

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police – Police Security and Protection Group (PNP – PSPG) has recalled the two security escorts of Senator Antonio Trillanes.

PSPG Director PCSupt. Filmore Escobal said that PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde ordered the recall of the senator’s police escorts after President Rodrigo Duterte revoked the amnesty granted earlier to Trillanes by former president Benigno Aquino III.

“Nang lumabas yung kanyang warrant of arrest, but as early as lumabas yung presidential proclamation rendering his amnesty void ab initio, nagbigay ng instruction si Chief PNP na i-recall,” Escobal explained.

But he clarified that the senator may have the police escorts back once he is acquitted of coup d’etat charges and the PNP leadership approves his request for security escorts. — Lea Ylagan

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Duterte: Economic managers are working on high inflation rate

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

In a one-on-one interview with his chief legal counsel on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte assured the public that his economic managers are addressing the issue of high inflation rate in the country.

“The economic managers are working on it already, we have a Cabinet meeting right after this and then I’ll also have the chance to ask questions,” he said.

The inflation rate in the country rose from 5.7 percent in the month of July to 6.4 percent in August 2018.

This is the highest inflation rate reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in nine years.

However, the Chief Executive said that no country is immune to inflation.

Duterte had earlier blamed US President Donald Trump’s tariff policies for the high inflation rate in the Philippines. — Rosalie Coz

 

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New Ombudsman Samuel Martires sworn into office

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018

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

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