• Morales vows speedy action on MRT-3 cases


    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said she would take action, before she retires, on the complaints filed in connection with the now terminated Metro Rail Transit Line-3 (MRT-3) maintenance deal.

    Asked on whether action on the matter would be expedited, Morales told reporters in a chance interview on Wednesday “that was the request of [Senator Grace] Poe. I just arrived last night from Davao. I have yet to see the complaints.”

    Poe heads the Senate public services committee that is investigating the MRT-3.

    “Probably yes, we will take action immediately. You cannot wait until July before you take action. I’m supposed to retire next year unless I get impeached and convicted,” she said in Filipino.

    Asked on the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption’s plan to file an impeachment complaint against her, she said “everybody is at liberty to file any complaint against anybody including me.”

    Morales, a retired Supreme Court associate justice, was appointed Ombudsman in late July 2011 by President Benigno Aquino 3rd. Her seven-year term will end in 2018.


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