• Ombudsman to pols: Stop crying persecution

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    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has told politicians who have pending cases before her office to stop crying political persecution, saying her office decides cases based only on evidence.

    “The Filipino people are the real victims whenever corrupt public officials steal money,” Morales said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

    She also told politicians with cases before her office, “Stop giving the public the impression that you are being politically persecuted. It is the other way around. Every peso lost to corruption means less free medicines for indigent patients in government hospitals and health centers, less textbooks and classrooms in public schools, and less food packs for victims of natural disasters.”

    The Ombudsman noted that alleged political harassment has become “the standard ‘public relations’ defense” of politicians facing corruption charges.

    But Morales, a former Supreme Court justice, said this claim will not stand in court and that the public is not gullible to believe it.

    She added that her office does not distinguish whether it is election period or look at the party affiliation of a respondent.

    “We decide only on the basis of evidence. After careful and objective evaluation of the evidence gathered, we immediately file cases, if warranted. We are oblivious of the timing of the filing of cases in courts, just as corrupt public officials steal public money every time an opportunity comes,” Morales said.

    “Fighting corruption is a 24/7 job. We file plunder or graft cases as soon as we are done with a thorough and impartial investigation. The Office will not be deterred by propaganda and threats in doing our job. As I have said in the past, fighting corruption is the reason for my life,” she added.

    On accusations of “selective justice” by detractors, Morales said the Office of the Ombudsman has indeed been “selective.”

    “Yes, we are selective because the Ombudsman’s charter (Republic Act 6770) mandates us to prioritize cases against high-ranking government officials, complaints involving grave offenses, as well as complaints involving large sums of money or properties or those against big-time plunderers. We are selective because we dismiss cases when evidence is not sufficient. In some cases, we are even constrained to dismiss administrative cases against elected officials because the abandonment of the condonation doctrine is prospective according to the 10 November 2015 decision of the Supreme Court,” she explained.

    Republic Act 6770 is The Ombudsman Act of 1989.

    Morales said, “We are pleased that the general public appreciates our efforts to end corruption.”

    She cited the Bilang Pilipino Social Weather Stations (SWS) Mobile Survey conducted last March 28, wherein over half of the respondents said they had “much trust” in the Office of the Ombudsman and gave the constitutional body a net trust rating of +49.

    According to the Office of the Ombudsman, the SWS also said that its trust rating was “Very Good” (+50 to +69) in Balance Luzon (outside Metro Manila ) and the Visayas, and “Good” (+30 to +49) everywhere else.

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    4 Comments

    1. Go Go Go Ms Conchita, get them b4 it,s too late. Dapat si Ms C Morales ang dapat na tumakbong president.di gaya ni noynoy na puro hugas kamay o walang pakialam, grrrr.

    2. mabait na pinoy on

      Everybody should be aware by now the reason why the Ombudsman exists, its priorities, and what they are trying to accomplished. They will not be swayed nor deferred by propaganda nor surveys, and they will go after politicians that stole money from Filipino people, regardless of their political affiliations, connections, or their ugliness. Some politicians should start getting ready for a long vacation in Camp Crame, after the election. Uncle Johnny is not worried on any of these because he may not be around any longer, and nobody can extract any information, about his confession to one of the Bishops, when he confessed about his sins and asked for forgiveness.

    3. matino na pinoy on

      This was mainly addressed to Uncle Jojo for using the same line of defense over and over, and the Ombudsman is sick and tired about hearing the same line of excuses. It is very true that every peso stolen from the government, will lessen or weakens its ability to extend help to the needy, and the Filipino people are the real VICTIMS because the money that supposed to be spent in helping them went to corrupt politician’s bank account.