Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales claimed on Wednesday that the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay threatened to go after her if he wins the presidential race for being part of the demolition team against the opposition bet.
“They said they’re going to run after me if the Vice President wins as president. Go ahead, I welcome that!” Morales told reporters in an interview during the multi-sectoral investment forum in Pasig City (Metro Manila).
“The threat was conveyed verbally by a valued allied politician of the Vice President to a high court official,” she added.
She, however, declined to name the politician.
Morales also claimed that Binay’s camp is also planning to file another damage suit against her.
“I expect that. They are scaring me. I’m not scared. I’m not deterred from doing my work,” she said.
“If they started filing damage suit against me, so what will prevent him [VP Binay] from filing other cases against me? I stand on the grounds that I have been doing what I think is right,” she added.
But the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) denied Morales’ claim.
“We categorically deny the claim of Ombudsman Morales that the Vice President has threatened to have her removed from office when he becomes president,” UNA president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said in a statement.
“President Binay will be too busy helping the poor to even think of this,” he added.
Morales dared the Vice President to face the charges filed against him instead of accusing the anti-graft court of being part of the conspiracy and demolition.
“If you’re innocent, of course, we will not file a case in court,” Morales said, as she clarified that she is not conspiring with anybody just to destroy other people’s reputation.
Morales also denied that she leaked the Commission on Audit (COA) report to the media to shame the Vice President.
“I deny even under oath of having leaked that. Why don’t you ask the COA kung kanino nila binigay yun, binigay ba nila sa amin yun? In fact, we are told that even the auditees had been given advance copies,” Morales said.
“It is not true that I am pressuring the COA. The COA has informed me na lalabas na ang investigation report nila,” Morales said.