The Supreme Court (SC) has thrown out a plea of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to order the inhibition of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio over blood ties to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.
A resolution of the SC en banc, signed by lawyer Enriqueta Vidal, Clerk of Court of the en banc, denied the motion for inhibition filed by Revilla, who was detained after he was charged with plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam.
The motion cited Carpio being a cousin of Morales.
The Ombudsman was the one who filed the plunder charges against Revilla before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.
The SC denied the motion, saying it found no legal basis to grant the petition.
Meanwhile, SC Associate Justice Martin Villarama voluntarily recused himself from handling the case of Revilla.
The senator had also sought the inhibition of Villarama from handling the case since his wife, Maria Luisa Dizon-Villarama, works as a consultant to the Office of the Ombudsman.
Revilla has just filed his petition for certiorari before the SC after the anti-graft office turned down his plea to recall its joint order finding probable cause to indict him and several others for the crime of plunder.
The senator urged the SC to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against implementation of the Ombudsman’s May 15 resolution that also rejected his plea for a new special panel of investigators to conduct another preliminary probe of his case.
Revilla argued that his right to due process was denied.
He said suspicions have been raised because of the Ombudsman’s failure to provide him copies of documents that may contain allegations that are material and favorable to his defense before the Office of the Ombudsman.