• Palace defends newly appointed Overall Deputy Ombudsman


    Malacañang on Tuesday defended the appointment of Melchor Carandang as new overall deputy Ombudsman.

    Some have questioned his appointment since he reportedly prevailed over a robbery-extortion charge filed against him before the Quezon City Prosecutors Office.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., however, said that Carandang went through proper vetting.

    “Dumaan po ‘yan sa proseso ng screening po and vetting ng mga concerned na ahensya bago po humantong doon sa punto na nominated for appointment,” Coloma said.

    Carandang obtained five votes from the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), besting other nominees for the position, which was vacated by Orlando Casimiro on August 23.

    Carandang served as Assistant Ombudsman during the time of then Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo. He was re-appointed now as Assistant Ombudsman by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

    He also acted as legal consultant to the Ombudsman. Carandang holds a law degree from the University of Sto. Tomas. CATHERINE VALENTE


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