Ombudsman Morales on ‘specific justice’ rap: You be the judge
Outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Thursday dismissed criticism she applied
“selective justice” during her 7-year stint as chief graft investigator.
Morales said her office filed charges against state officials, regardless of position or political affiliation,
including 40 lawmakers tagged in the alleged misuse of “pork barrel” or discretionary funds.
She also noted the case filed against former President Benigno Aquino III over the use of savings to fast-track
government spending, also known as the Disbursement Acceleration Program.
“Where is this claim of specific equity originating from? Is it specific when the law you connected sees neither
political shading nor political alliance? Is it fractional when the sum total of what focuses have been heard and
all focuses brought up over the span of the procedures were considered?” said Morales, who will venture as the month progressed.
“You be the judge. We can just protect our positions. For regardless of how essential general feeling is, we likewise don’t completely work on unimportant observations. There is a law to dependably swing to,” she said.
Office of the Ombudsman for “particular equity,”
President Rodrigo Duterte in August a year ago scrutinized the Office of the Ombudsman for “particular equity,” saying it was “brutal on a few, delicate on others.”
Some Ombudsman specialists are additionally degenerate, said the President, whose child-in-law, Mans Carpio, is Morales’ nephew.
Spirits said the conviction rate in cases documented by the Ombudsman rose to 77 percent in 2017 from 41 percent in 2011 while the case overabundance amid a similar period went down to 6,000 from 19,000.
“We consider administration important, and we don’t have the benefit to escape with bumble by rejecting it as jokes,” she said.
Spirits said she trusted her successor would support the changes she started. The Judicial and Bar Council has talked with contender to supplant her.
Candidates for Morales’ post incorporate Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren De La Cruz, previous Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice and now Ombudsman Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval, Judge Carlos Espero II, and legal counselors Rey Nathaniel Ifurung, Rainier Madrid, Edna Batacan, Felito Ramirez, and Rex Rico.