• ‘Bato’ faces probe over free Vegas trip

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    The Office of the Ombudsman is conducting a fact-finding investigation in connection with a recent all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, Nevada of Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the probe.

    De la Rosa went to the United States in order to watch Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s boxing match against Jessie Vargas on November 6.

    The PNP chief has reportedly said Pacquiao paid for the trip and no government funds were spent for it.

    “The Ombudsman is conducting a fact-finding investigation regarding the alleged travel perks received by the PNP chief when he went to Las Vegas,” Acting Director Rawnsle Lopez of the office’s Public Information and Media Relations Bureau said in a text message.

    According to Lopez, the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (Moleo) was told to head the inquiry.

    The “[i]nvestigation will look into possible criminal and administrative liability[ies],” she said.

    Under the law, the Ombudsman may conduct an investigation motu proprio (on its own or even without a lodged complaint) on “any act or omission of any public officer or employee, office or agency, when such act or omission appears to be illegal, unjust, improper or inefficient.”

    REINA TOLENTINO

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