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    The Office of the Ombudsman abused its power and authority when it recommended the filing of charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay even if it knew that he cannot be indicted while in office, Binay’s camp said on Sunday.

    In a statement, Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs, said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales “clearly acted in bad faith” when she recommended that charges be filed against the vice president in connection with the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

    “The Ombudsman clearly abused its power and exceeded its authority. And it acted in bad faith when it recommended charges against the Vice President,” Quicho said.

    The Ombudsman’s action “was intended to malign and discredit the Vice President, who cannot be the subject of an indictment during his term of office,” he added.

    Even the Office of the Ombudsman itself, through Ombudsman Field Investigating Office Acting Director Maria Janina Hidalgo, admitted the Vice President was immune from suit.

    He quoted Hidalgo as saying that they will have to wait until the end of Binay’s term to file the charges.

    Hidalgo also said that if Binay wins in the 2016 polls and becomes president, the Ombudsman would then file the charges after his six-year term.

    In a 32-page motion for reconsideration filed on October 19, the lawyers for the Vice President said the law requires that an impeachable officer must first be removed from office by impeachment before charges against him can be investigated to determine probable cause.

    They added the law does not give the Ombudsman jurisdiction to investigate impeachable officers.

    “In proceeding with the investigation and subsequently issuing the Questioned Resolution, this Honorable Office clearly violated the Constitution and established jurisprudence on the matter. It acted without jurisdiction,” the lawyers said.

    They argued that Binay’s right to due process was violated by the Ombudsman when it ignored the objection posed by the vice president that she has no jurisdiction over the case.

    “It was only when the Questioned Resolution was issued that Respondent Binay was informed of this Honorable Office’s contrary position that is has jurisdiction and would therefore proceed with the investigation and render a resolution on the charges against him. Hence, Respondent Binay was deprived of any available remedy to question this Honorable Office’s position before the proper court,” the lawyers said.

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    1. Kaya pala!
      Proof that N0ytard is condoning corruption:
      wwwabs-cbnnewscom/video/nation/10/23/15/pnoy-defends-govt-workers-bribery-corruption-issues
      TangInang Noytard! Kaya pala inignore yung complaint ko against the FDA, DOH, etc. He is condoning the corrupt practices of government employees! Doesn’t Noytard know that those government employees are extorting money from the public? If we do not give, they won’t give us a permit, just like what happened to me! And I reported it to ombitchwoman and she dismissed the case.

    2. The FDA is extremely corrupt. List of people at the FDA and DOH who are corrupt: Atty Romela Devera, Sec. Garin, Dr. Miriam Sales, Atty. Lutero III, Jesusa Cirunay, Dr. Peter Glenn Chua, Agnette Peralta, MArivic Paulino, Atty. Jasper Lascano and Atty. Emilio Polig and former employees: Sec. Ona, FDA chief Suzette Lazo, FDA chief Kenneth Hartigan-Go (and now undersecretary of Health)! are extremely corrupt!
      Wicked_Lia(r) said, ” mukhang kilala mo ang mga tao sa FDA aH!
      nakakatransaksyones mo ba?
      lahat naman ng ahensya may mga BULOK……..”
      Yan na! Inamin ng corrupt silang mga N0ytard at MARnanakaw!

    3. Binay committed that alleged crime during his tenure as Makati mayor. If he has immunity right now as VP, Ombudsman can gather all the evidences and when his term ends, file the case and let him have his day in court. (His chance of winning the presidency is not good.)

    4. We should be grateful that at least there is one Conchita-Crpio Morales in the judiciary. Her style of justice is what we are clamoring for a very long time – swift and no holds bar. It is very regrettable that she is alone in this crusade for justice in our country while the rest of our jurists are dillydallying and waiting for their paychecks. Let us give our whole support to Ombudsman Conceit Carpio Morales so that others like her will be inspired to do just a little bit of what she is doing.